Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

Summary

  • First Introduced: 2007
  • Latest Action: Re-introduced (H.R. 3124, S. 1299) on June 29, 2017 (view the re-introduced legislation)

Key Points

  • The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act will allow Medicare to reimburse RDNs to provide MNT to patients at risk of diabetes or with prediabetes, in addition to patients with diabetes and renal disease.
  • The total cost of diabetes to our health care system in 2012 was estimated to be $377 billion.
  • Research shows that diabetes is preventable in people exposed to diet and exercise lifestyle modification programs, particularly among people over the age of 60.
  • Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is an effective evidence-based practice that can result in weight loss, obesity prevention and improved prediabetes insulin markers which are the same essential outcomes of other diabetes prevention programs.

Download the following Academy literature for additional information about the Preventing Medicare in Diabetes Act.