OPPOSE Access to Quality Diabetes Education (HR 1726)

On the surface, this bill appears to expand use of diabetes self-management training (DSMT) through Medicare funding. However, it actually lays the groundwork for making "diabetes educators" a licensed, disease-based profession. It would require already licensed health care professionals to pay private associations to become certified

HR 1726  would:

  • Limit Medicare coverage for diabetes self-management training (DSMT) to services delivered only by providers with private association credentials in diabetes education
  • Create new state-level regime (i.e. licensed “certified diabetes educator”) which all licensed health care providers would be required to obtain to provide DSMT (for Medicare) 
  • Allow private associations emphasizing a disease-based model, rather than wellness-based model, of diabetes care to control licensure standards 
  • Set the stage for disease-based licensure rather than occupational licensure

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