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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 10, 2015 12:22 PM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: Diabetes Educator Legislation
In the near future I will be introducing legislation to license diabetes educators under the State Board of Nursing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 % of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Here in Pennsylvania, over 1.5 million have some form of the disease. Complications from diabetes include blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve disease, and amputations. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 U.S. adults could be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes education, also known as diabetes self-management training and education (DSMT/E), is defined as a collaborative process through which people with, or at risk for, diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

Studies have shown that proper management of diabetes through control of blood glucose levels, diet, and exercise dramatically decreases the likelihood of the occurrence of complications. Licensing diabetes educators will lead to consumer protection and ensure that only safe and competent care is provided to persons who have, or are at risk of developing, this disease.

Licensing of diabetes educators under my legislation will establish minimum standards for patient safety with a specific scope of practice, and recognize the healthcare professionals that can provide all of the elements of diabetes self-management training and education. Healthcare professionals will be able to continue discussing diabetes care within the limits of their practice. In addition, Act 98 of 1998 mandates insurance coverage for diabetes outpatient self-management training and education.

If you would like to join me as a co-sponsor of this legislation, please click on the link below.

If you have any questions please contact Carol Hoffman at (717) 783-8875 or by e-mail at choffman@pahousegop.com

Introduced as HB1851