CDEs Recognized as Medicare DSMT Providers

According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), the U.S. House of Representatives has inserted language into its health care reform designating certified diabetes educators (CDEs®) as Medicare providers for outpatient diabetes self-management training (DSMT).

Although the provision has yet to pass through the U.S. Senate, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has already acknowledged AADE as an approved national accreditation organization to furnish DSMT.

Registered dietitians are eligible to bill on behalf of an entire DSMT program as long as a provider has obtained a Medicare provider number. A dietitian may not be the sole provider of a DSMT service.

Effective March 30, however, there is an exception to the rule. CMS now deems registered dietitians with AADE’s CDE® credential who furnish training in rural areas to meet the multidisciplinary team requirement.

DSMT service providers and suppliers may now submit requests for accreditation. Providers who wish for previously disapproved valid AADE certificates to be reprocessed should contact their Medicare contractors.

For more details, read CMS Transmittal 109, Change Request 6510, issued Aug. 7.

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