Tuesday, March 05, 2013

New York State’s Medicaid program: better access to podiatry services for diabetics

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 60 – 70% of the people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in foot problems. They also estimate the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion. Studies have shown that there is a critical link between regular foot exams and diabetes management. For persons with a diabetes diagnosis who participate in New York State’s Medicaid program, there has been a positive change in benefits that makes it possible to obtain services from podiatrists. At the end of 2012, the Medicaid Redesign Team proposed that all Medicaid patients should have podiatric care. To find a doctor in New York State, visit New York State Podiatric Medical Association and click on the “find a podiatrist” button.

1 comment:

Hendersonrose92 said...

This is really great news! I know that my grandmother had foot problems because of her diabetes. I hope she can have easier access to care. My mother is also showing signs of diabetes, so I'm sure this will eventually help her as well.