2024 Incentive Grant Recipient: Amy Ly-Ha, PharmD
Project Proposal: Use of Continuous Glucose Meters in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Who Are Newly Insulin-Dependent
Amy Ly-Ha is a PGY2 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Resident with her alma mater, The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, MS.
"Continuous glucose meters (CGMs) are vital components of modern diabetes care. By providing continuous real-time data on blood sugar levels, CGMs offer a comprehensive insight into glucose fluctuations, allowing for informed decision-making and timely interventions. This study will compare the use of CGMs versus traditional self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes who are newly insulin-dependent and evaluate changes in A1c based on these modalities."
"Historically, there existed strict criteria for insurance coverage of CGMs, including multiple daily insulin injections. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently expanded this coverage to include all patients who use insulin and those with a history of problematic hypoglycemia, there remain barriers to access for many patients, especially those affected by health disparities. The findings of this study may further support the expansion of CGM access and promote early initiation of CGM use in patients with type 2 diabetes."
"I am honored to receive an Incentive Grant this year as it offers a unique ability to make a meaningful impact on patients dealing with diabetes. I am most excited about the potential to enhance the quality of life for these patients and empower them in their diabetes management. With this grant, we can strive to help these patients lead healthier and happier lives."