Congressman Blumenauer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Diabetic Patients with Better Access to Therapeutic Shoes
Washington, DC – Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), today introduced the Promoting Access to DiabeticShoes Act. Currently, physicians’ assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) must send their diabetic Medicare patients who need therapeutic shoes to a physician to certify need. This bipartisan legislation would authorize PAs to certify a patient’s need for therapeutic shoes.
“This bill addresses the burdensome gap in care for those suffering from diabetes,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “PA’s are federally recognized care providers and should continue to provide high-quality care to patients with diabetes. We will continue our work to improve timely access to care for Medicare patients.”
“It makes no sense that physician assistants and nurse practitioners can manage a patient’s diabetes and other complex chronic conditions, but currently are not permitted by Medicare to order diabetic shoes,” Congressman Reed said. “This isn’t fair, and we will continue our work to improve the quality and timeliness of care for all of those suffering from this disease.”
“The American Association of Nurse Practitioners would like to commend Congressmen Blumenauer (D-OR) and Reed (R-NY) for introducing the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act. Nurse practitioners deliver health care in nearly every health care setting, caring for patients of all walks of life, including patients with diabetes. This bill will ensure that Medicare patients who receive care from a nurse practitioner will have timely access to therapeutic shoes. It’s time to make this change to the Medicare program” said AANP President, Joyce Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, FAANP.