Notice of Intended Action

Medicaid—diabetic education programs, 78.31(4)“f”(6)

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to diabetic education programs

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Human Services Department hereby proposes to amend Chapter 78, "Amount, Duration and Scope of Medical and Remedial Services," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 249A.4.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 249A.4.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making eliminates the "once per lifetime" policy for diabetic education for Medicaid members. This change will allow a Medicaid member to receive additional timely education in order to manage the Medicaid member's diabetes. In many cases, once-in-a-lifetime education is not adequate for treatment, especially with the prevalence of diabetes in the national population. The Department has already been paying for more than one education series for some members, and this change will allow the rule to match the current practice. Members will continue to need a provider's referral for the education.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m.on January 4, 2022. Comments should be directed to:

Nancy Freudenberg

Department of Human Services

Hoover State Office Building, Fifth Floor

1305 East Walnut Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0114


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend subparagraph 78.31(4)"f"(6) as follows:

(6)Restrictions and limitations on payment. Medicaid will pay for a diabetic self-management education program. Diabetic education programs will include follow-up assessments at 3 and 12 months without charge. A complete diabetic education program is payable once in the lifetime of a recipient.

Human Services Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 1/4/2022.

Official Document

  • Medicaid—diabetic education programs, 78.31(4)“f”(6)
  • Published on 12/15/2021
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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 441-78.31(4)"f"
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