Medicare turns 50 this year! Celebrate the occasion by referring your patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Type 2 Diabetes to Dietitians at Home
March 6, 2017
On July 30th, 1965 after a long political debate, the law creating a national health insurance program for older Americans was signed into legislation by President Lyndon Johnson.
At the time, 50% of senior citizens didn’t have hospital insurance. It was estimated that 1 in 4 of seniors would go without medical care because they were concerned about the cost of care.
Today, Medicare covers about 97% of the elderly. Medicare B is a very important benefit to our patients as it covers Medical Nutrition Therapy by a Registered Dietitian at 100% for patients with Diabetes and/or Chronic Kidney Disease (not on dialysis).
Don’t let this amazing benefit your patients deserve go to waste – Refer every patient with Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease (not on dialysis) so that they can have the support they deserve!
Unfortunately, amputation rates are higher in people with diabetes. The good news, though, is that rates have decreased thanks to better foot care and the use of diabetic shoes.
Kelley Reeser, R.D. L.D.N. C.D.E.
December 6, 2017