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New Legislation Seeks to PREVENT DIABETES Through Digital Health

New Legislation Seeks to PREVENT DIABETES Through Digital Health ADVOCACY IN ACTION a Advocacy in Action New Legislation Seeks to PREVENT DIABETES Through Digital Health ADCES and our advocacy partners have been (R-NY) introduced companion legislation in the working with Congress, CMS, and the Center for US House of Representatives in early December Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to promote, 2020. If enacted, this legislation would allow the support, and improve the Medicare Diabetes participation of CDC-recognized virtual suppliers in Prevention Program (MDPP) since it was first the MDPP and broaden coverage for digital health. established as a covered benefit in 2018. ADCES believes that expanding the MDPP ADCES views the MDPP as an important to include virtual providers directly aligns with program to help prevent the onset of type 2 CMS’ focus on addressing social determinants diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries. CMS of health given that the populations who could estimates that diabetes affects more than 25% most benefit from virtual MDPP include Medicare of Americans age 65 or older, and its prevalence beneficiaries living in rural areas, those who are is projected to increase approximately 2-fold for unable to readily access transportation in urban all US adults by 2050 if current trends continue. areas to attend in-person sessions, and those who With these staggering numbers, ADCES believes face other factors, such as poverty and mobility the MDPP should be easily accessible to Medicare impairments, that present barriers to accessing the beneficiaries and has joined others in urging CMS MDPP benefit, especially during the public health to allow for CDC-recognized, virtual-only diabetes emergency. Additionally, in-person MDPP suppliers prevention program providers with preliminary or simply do not have the capacity to serve millions of full recognition to be eligible for the MDPP. Medicare beneficiaries. Allowing virtual providers These efforts have garnered support from to participate in MDPP will ensure that beneficiaries federal legislators. In September 2020, a bipartisan are able to access the MDPP in the format that best group of senators, including Senators Tim Scott meets their needs. (R-SC), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Because this legislation was introduced Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and at the end of the 116th Congress, ADCES will Tina Smith (D-MN), introduced the Promoting be working with our advocacy partners to Responsible and Eecti ff ve Virtual Experiences support the reintroduction of this legislation in through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved the 117th Congress, which started January 3, Access and Better Engagement with Tested and 2021. Visit ADCES’s Legislative Action Center at Evidence-Based Strategies (PREVENT DIABETES) diabeteseducator.org/actnow to learn more and Act. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Tom to send a letter to your legislators urging them to Rice (R-SC), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Tom Reed support this important legislation. ADCES IN PRACTICE // March 2021 // 55 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ADCES in Practice SAGE

New Legislation Seeks to PREVENT DIABETES Through Digital Health

ADCES in Practice , Volume 9 (2): 1 – Mar 1, 2021

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SAGE
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© 2021 by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
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2633-559X
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2633-5603
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ADVOCACY IN ACTION a Advocacy in Action New Legislation Seeks to PREVENT DIABETES Through Digital Health ADCES and our advocacy partners have been (R-NY) introduced companion legislation in the working with Congress, CMS, and the Center for US House of Representatives in early December Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to promote, 2020. If enacted, this legislation would allow the support, and improve the Medicare Diabetes participation of CDC-recognized virtual suppliers in Prevention Program (MDPP) since it was first the MDPP and broaden coverage for digital health. established as a covered benefit in 2018. ADCES believes that expanding the MDPP ADCES views the MDPP as an important to include virtual providers directly aligns with program to help prevent the onset of type 2 CMS’ focus on addressing social determinants diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries. CMS of health given that the populations who could estimates that diabetes affects more than 25% most benefit from virtual MDPP include Medicare of Americans age 65 or older, and its prevalence beneficiaries living in rural areas, those who are is projected to increase approximately 2-fold for unable to readily access transportation in urban all US adults by 2050 if current trends continue. areas to attend in-person sessions, and those who With these staggering numbers, ADCES believes face other factors, such as poverty and mobility the MDPP should be easily accessible to Medicare impairments, that present barriers to accessing the beneficiaries and has joined others in urging CMS MDPP benefit, especially during the public health to allow for CDC-recognized, virtual-only diabetes emergency. Additionally, in-person MDPP suppliers prevention program providers with preliminary or simply do not have the capacity to serve millions of full recognition to be eligible for the MDPP. Medicare beneficiaries. Allowing virtual providers These efforts have garnered support from to participate in MDPP will ensure that beneficiaries federal legislators. In September 2020, a bipartisan are able to access the MDPP in the format that best group of senators, including Senators Tim Scott meets their needs. (R-SC), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Because this legislation was introduced Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and at the end of the 116th Congress, ADCES will Tina Smith (D-MN), introduced the Promoting be working with our advocacy partners to Responsible and Eecti ff ve Virtual Experiences support the reintroduction of this legislation in through Novel Technology to Deliver Improved the 117th Congress, which started January 3, Access and Better Engagement with Tested and 2021. Visit ADCES’s Legislative Action Center at Evidence-Based Strategies (PREVENT DIABETES) diabeteseducator.org/actnow to learn more and Act. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Tom to send a letter to your legislators urging them to Rice (R-SC), Diana DeGette (D-CO), and Tom Reed support this important legislation. ADCES IN PRACTICE // March 2021 // 55

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ADCES in PracticeSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2021

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