BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medical Policy Manual

Diabetes Management

DESCRIPTION

Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires continuing medical care and education in order to prevent acute complications and reduce the risk of developing other conditions related to uncontrolled blood glucose. These other conditions may include retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy and cardiovascular disease.

POLICY

MEDICAL APPROPRIATENESS

APPLICABLE TENNESSEE STATE MANDATE REQUIREMENTS

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 56, Chapter 7, Part 2605

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Providers that will be recognized to provide the outpatient self-management diabetic training, educational services, and the nutritional counseling include:

SOURCES 

American Diabetes Association. (2018, January). Standards of medical care in diabetes - 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018 from: www.Diabetes.org/diabetescare. 

American Optometric Association. (2014). Evidence-based clinical practice guideline: eye care of the patient with diabetes mellitus. Retrieved March 31, 2016 from the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC: 47915).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS.gov. (201, July) National Coverage Determination (NCD) for diabetes outpatient self-management training (40.1). Retrieved February 17, 2017 from https://www.cms.gov.

Tennessee Code: Title 56 Insurance: Chapter 7 Policies and Policyholders: Part 26 Mandated Insurer or Plan Options: 56-7-2605. Equipment, supplies and outpatient services for diabetic patients. Retrieved January 31, 2018 from https://web.lexisnexis.com. 

ORIGINAL EFFECTIVE DATE:  7/1/1997

MOST RECENT REVIEW DATE:  3/8/2018

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