As management of diabetes becomes increasingly complex, it is imperative that diabetes health care professionals be well educated and appropriately credentialed. Licensure of the diabetes educator will provide for consumer safety and provide minimum standards for recognition of the professional.
Without this “legal” definition, diabetes educators will continue to be self-defined. While payors may reimburse for the diabetes education service (DSMT), they may not recognize (reimburse) the provider of these services – the qualified diabetes educator.
Diabetes educator licensure is intended for the healthcare professional that has a defined role as a diabetes educator, not for those who may perform some diabetes-related functions as part of, or in the course of, other routine occupational duties.
Active Licensure Legislation
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Florida - Introduced in February 2016
Pennsylvania - Introduced in February 2016
State Licensure Regulation
Kentucky - Enacted as of 2013
Indiana - Enacted as of 2016