About four years ago, Debra Marie Pistorino Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm in Pittsburgh, PA, was put in touch with a Medicare beneficiary and Joslin patient, whose Type 1 diabetes was so profound that she was on disability.
Her Joslin doctor, Richard Beaser, MD, had prescribed a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to enable her to control her diabetes, but Medicare had denied coverage stating the device was simply precautionary.
This problem had long plagued CGM users who were denied or cut off from CGM at age 65.
Debra Parrish took the pro bono case, advised by Dr. Beaser, and won the right of all Medicare beneficiaries to coverage for CGM.
On June 6, the American Bar Association came to Joslin to film a tribute to Debra Parrish for her work. Watch it here.