Academy-Supported Bill to Improve DSMT Access Introduced in the House

03/22/2019 - Yesterday, U.S. House Representatives Diane DeGette (Colo.) and Tom Reed (N.Y.) introduced the bipartisan Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act to remove barriers to Medicare beneficiaries' access to Diabetes Self-Management Training, which will improve the utilization of this valuable service and result in improved health outcomes and lower health care costs.

The legislation is that it would allow Medicare beneficiaries to access DSMT and MNT services on the same date of service. These effective self-management services are significantly underutilized, as noted by a recent study finding only 5% of Medicare beneficiaries with newly diagnosed diabetes used them.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also highlighted the "significant underutilization" of DSMT in the CY 2011 and 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rules and acknowledged barriers impacting access and utilization.

More information from the Academy on the Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act.