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I support coverage of ABPM for the diagnosis of hypertension. Hypertension is a leading cause of CVD and costly disability.There is scientific evidence that use of ABPM, especially in the elderly population aids in treatment and prevents over treatment which can lead to adverse side effects. This is particularly important as the elderly are supported in their independent environment. Professionally, I have dealt with the frustration of the patient and myself in treatment. Personally, as a senior myself, “white coat hypertension” is confusing and frustrating, especially as the criteria of hypertension has recently changed.