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.
State Licensure Materials
For a comprehensive overview of diabetes educators licensures efforts, including AADE's recommendations for state licensure, read the State Licensure Overview.
Licensure of Diabetes Educators: Empowering people with diabetes through effective education may improve health outcomes and lower costs.
Active Licensure Legislation
Florida - Pending Introduction
Pennsylvania - Pending Introduction
State Licensure Regulation
Indiana - S.B. 233 (Passed in 2014 - Currently in Regulatory Phase)
The Licensing of Diabetes Educators in Indiana will professionalize this health field by creating minimum standards for licensed diabetes educators, ensuring that those who train individuals on how to manage their diabetes have the core competencies to do so.
Currently, any person can claim that they are providing diabetes education, even if they do not have adequate training or specialized knowledge to ensure that quality care is being given to the person with diabetes. We believe that state licensure will ensure that all healthcare providers who deliver diabetes education will have sufficient knowledge to provide safe, effective care to persons with or at risk for diabetes and are doing so legally.
In effect, state licensure will create a "legal" definition for the diabetes educator, and will establish a codified scope of practice. We believe licensure will streamline the practice by giving providers a defined scope of practice to deliver care, and that it will create opportunities for more healthcare professionals to enter the field by adding a level of professionalism that does not currently exist.