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Daily Court Reporter - News Bill to create state registry of diabetes cases proceeds


Bill to create state registry of diabetes cases proceeds

KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer

Lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives heard testimony in support of a legislative measure to establish a population-based diabetes registry that would presumably result in improved care.

Specifically, the Ohio Diabetes Registry would monitor the incidence of each type of diabetes in the state and permit the state health department to accept and administer grants - both public and private, for carrying out the purpose, according to sponsor of the House Bill 241, Rep. John Barnes, D-Cleveland.

"This legislation requires each hospital, physician or other health care provider who diagnoses an individual with diabetes - regardless of the type of diabetes diagnosed - to report that new case to the Department of Health," Barnes said during sponsor testimony. "The report must contain the data the department specifies in rules."

At a minimum, such a registry would include details, such as diabetes type; date of diagnosis; age of the individual; his height, weight, sex, race, ethnicity and residential address; and notation of a family history of the illness.

"Diabetes is a growing epidemic in our state," Barnes continued. "This legislation dictates that a physician, hospital, or other health care provider who fails to report a new case of diabetes to the department is guilty of a minor misdemeanor, which is the same penalty that applies to those who fail to report new cases of cancer, HIV and AIDS, and specified infectious and occupational diseases to the department under existing law.

"We must come together to work together to address the public health emergency diabetes has become."

HB 241 also would create the Ohio Diabetes Registry Advisory Council to advise the department on implementing the registry.

Membership of the advisory council would comprise a representative of a diabetes advocacy group, an Ohio epidemiologist certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc., a pair of Ohio pediatric endocrinologists certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, another pair of endocrinologists certified by a board that is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties and who regularly treat adult patients with diabetes, an obstetrician who regularly treats women with gestational diabetes and three adults individuals, each who suffers from either Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes.

The bill also would require the state health department, in partnership with one or more state universities or medical research centers or institutes, to analyze and evaluate diabetes information reported to it.

A summary of the information would be published on a website.

Ohio native and startup CEO Tommy Ritz said in testimony before Health Committee members that it is incredible that in the 21st century there is little to no scientific consensus on what causes Type 1 diabetes, an illness from which he suffers.

"The issue of not having an accurate estimate of the number of diabetics or the correlated causes related to the diagnosis of diabetes in our state, and in our country, is an issue I ran into when I was founding Keto Block" - a company focused on Type 1 diabetes prevention and easing the suffering of those who share the diagnosis, Ritz said. "I assumed that finding demographic information and information about the overall health of Type 1 diabetics would be a good area to initially focus my research.

"After 14 hours of data mining I realized two things. The first was that every approximation and estimation about the number of Type 1 diabetics in the United States was unusable (and) the second was that little to no aggregate information existed about the health of Type 1 diabetics."

HB 241 had not been scheduled for a third hearing as of publication.

Date Published: November 28, 2017


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