(b) All policies affected by the provisions of this section shall also include coverage for diabetes self-management education to ensure that persons with diabetes are educated as to the proper self-management and treatment of their diabetes, including information on proper diets. Coverage for self-management education and education relating to diet and prescribed by a licensed physician shall be limited to: (1) Visits medically necessary upon the diagnosis of diabetes; (2) visits under circumstances whereby a physician identifies or diagnoses asignificant change in the patient's symptoms or conditions that necessitates changes in a patient's self-management; and (3) where a new medication or therapeutic process relating to the person's treatment and/or management of diabetes has been identified as medically necessary by a licensed physician: Provided, That coverage for reeducation or refresher education shall be limited to one hundred dollars annually.
(c) The education may be provided by the physician as part of an office visit for diabetes diagnosis or treatment, or by a licensed pharmacist for instructing and monitoring a patient regarding the proper use of covered equipment, supplies and medications prescribed by a licensed physician, or by a certified diabetes educator certified by a national diabetes educator certification program, or registered dietitian registered by a nationally recognized professional association of dietitians upon the referral of a physician: Provided, That such national diabetes education certification program or nationally recognized professional association of dieticians has been certified to the commissioner of insurance by the commissioner of the bureau of public health.
(d) Any deductible or coinsurance billed for any service as provided in this section shall apply on an equal basis with all other coverages provided by the insurer but not included in thissection.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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