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Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma

March 19th, 2018|

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma
Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in health care policy, Medicaid, insurance and public health to her role at CMS.

Administrator Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of

Diabetic Self-Management Training Accreditation Program

February 20th, 2018|

Diabetic Self-Management Training Accreditation Program: New Webpage and Helpdesk

Medicare covers Diabetic Self-Management Training (DSMT) services furnished to beneficiaries with diabetes by certified providers. Visit the new DSMT Accreditation Program webpage for information on the certification process and accrediting organizations. Providers, patients, accrediting organizations, and stakeholders: Contact the new helpdesk at DSMTAccreditations@cms.hhs.gov to submit questions

Bringing Diabetes Education to Rural Indiana

January 25th, 2018|

Franciscan Health offers ‎American Diabetes Association recognized diabetes self- management education (DSME) at their Healthy Living Center in Lafayette, Indiana, but this important type of education was limited in the counties surrounding the hospital.

What Primary Care Practitioners Need to Know About Diabetic Neuropathy

September 19th, 2017|

What Primary Care Practitioners Need to Know About Diabetic Neuropathy
 

Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy (DSPN) is the most common cause of foot ulcers—a key factor for amputation. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates neuropathy affects 60 to 70 percent of persons with diabetes in some form. DSPN often gets missed until

Five Best Practices for Preventing and Controlling Diabetic Neuropathy

September 5th, 2017|

Five Best Practices for Preventing and Controlling Diabetic Neuropathy
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases estimates that diabetic neuropathy—a peripheral nerve disorder caused by diabetes or poor blood sugar control—affects 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes. The most common form of diabetic neuropathy is distal symmetrical peripheral neuropathy (DSPN).

Is the Contact Information Correct on Your Organization’s Medicare Notices?

July 25th, 2017|

Is the Contact Information Correct on Your Organization’s Medicare Notices?
Recently, it has come to the attention of KEPRO that some Medicare notices have incorrect contact information, including the Important Message from Medicare and the Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage. It is important that the correct information be on these notices, so that Medicare beneficiaries are

How Proper Foot Care Can Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations and Improve Quality of Life

July 3rd, 2017|

How Proper Foot Care Can Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations and Improve Quality of Life
 

In April, new Medicare claims data analyzed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) showed that non-traumatic lower extremity amputations (LEA) have been gradually increasing since 2009. LEAs are

Six Strategies to Help Reduce Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations Among Minority Populations

May 23rd, 2017|

Lower extremity amputation rates related to diabetes have been gradually increasing each year since 2009, says a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC). The data, gathered from Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, found that of

Unsteady on Your Feet?

March 16th, 2017|

If you sometimes feel unsteady, stagger when you try to walk, teeter or fall, you may have a balance disorder. You can help identify a balance problem by asking yourself some key questions before seeing a doctor.

Managing Diabetes to Keep Kidneys Healthy

March 8th, 2017|

Managing diabetes is an important part of keeping kidneys healthy, making March’s National Kidney Month observance the perfect time to promote kidney health to loved ones, patients and community.

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