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Leverage CGM Technology in Your Practice With the New Personal CGM Playbook

Mar 01, 2021

A joint blog post by ADCES and the American Pharmacists Association

Kelly A. Brock, PharmD, RPh, Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES, FADCES, and Patricia L. Scalzo, MSN, NP, RN, CDCES, have joined together to share their collective expertise as contributors for the Personal CGM Playbook. The goal was to create something that was informative, practical, accessible and easy to implement into practice. This playbook was created with the care team in mind!

Personal continuous glucose monitoring can be a life-changing tool for someone with diabetes and has become the gold standard for those on an intensive insulin program. Unfortunately, many people with diabetes that could benefit from the use of this technology, do not currently have access to it.


There is a step-by-step practical pathway to help you and your practice get started with personal CGM.


The Personal CGM Playbook provides a background into CGM technology, an overview of the evidence surrounding CGM, advantages and disadvantages of CGM, candidate selection and payor considerations. Patient and provider barriers are addressed and possible solutions are identified. There is a step-by-step practical pathway to help you and your practice get started with personal CGM.

Role of the Pharmacist

A pharmacist can utilize this playbook to help people with diabetes embrace personal CGM technology, which will provide valuable information to manage their diabetes. As healthcare providers with medication expertise, pharmacists should be considered vital members of the healthcare team involved in implementing personal CGM. Pharmacists are well-positioned to collaborate with the person with diabetes and their healthcare team to monitor medication therapy and make recommendations for adjustments in therapy as needed to maximize outcomes for people with diabetes.

Role of the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

The diabetes care and education specialist can utilize this playbook to leverage CGM technology into their practice. The step-by-step approach that is laid out in the playbook makes it easy to implement personal CGM in any setting.

This puts the following ADCES Project vision pillars into action:

  • Serve as the epicenter of the diabetes care team, integrating the clinical and self-management aspects of care.
  • Embrace technology and data interpretation to ensure safe, real time and quality care and education for people with diabetes and the diabetes care team.
  • Embrace and guarantee person-centered care.

ADCES and APhA support our members in their desire to optimize use of this important technology to improve the health and lives of the people with diabetes that they serve. To access the resource, as well as our Professional CGM Playbook, visit DiabetesEducator.org/CGMplaybook. For more education on implementing personal CGM in your practice, access CGM Selection and Initiation in People with Type 2 Diabetes.

The Personal CGM Playbook has been co-sponsored by ADCES and APhA.

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The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Perspectives on Diabetes Care covers diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Not all views expressed reflect the official position of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists.

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HEALTHCARE DISCLAIMER: This site and its services do not constitute the practice of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your diabetes care and education specialist or healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. To find a diabetes care and education specialist near you, visit DiabetesEducator.org/Find.

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