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HB12-1060

LICENSURE FACT SHEET

SUPPORT HB12-1060

LICENSURE FOR COLORADO DIETITIANS

Representative Tom Massey and Senator Betty Boyd

Co-sponsors: Rep. Liston, Rep. Ferrandino, Rep. D. Gardner, Rep. Kefalas, Rep. McCann, Rep. Swerdfeger, Sen. Steadman, Sen. Tochtrop.


BILL SUMMARY:


HB12-1060 creates state licensure for Colorado Dietitians. The bill will title protect the word dietitian and licensed dietitian. To receive licensure an applicant must provide proof of education and field experience of not less than 1200 hours. It defines dietetics, medical nutrition therapy, and the nutrition care process. The bill provides exemptions for individuals and retailers and others who provide non-medical nutrition information or services. Dietitians from another state with similar requirements may be licensed by endorsement.


WHAT IS A REGISTERED DIETITIAN?


Registered Dietitians are highly educated food and nutrition experts who have a minimum of a 4 year degree, a 6-12 month internship and have passed a National exam. They work in Health Care facilities, hospitals, long-term care settings and the community. Dietitians provide care by applying the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics evidence based nutrition practice guidelines which illustrates best practices for medical nutrition therapy to address chronic health problems such as diabetes in concert with licensed health care professionals. Medical nutrition therapy is linked to reduced costs related to physician time, medication use and hospital admissions for people with obesity, and diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases.


WHY COLORADO NEEDS LICENSURE FOR REGISTIRED DIETITIANS


47 states currently regulate dietitians. The Colorado Dietetic Association (CDA) submitted a sunrise application to DORA and DORA, citing the large number of states who currently regulate dietitians, concluded CDA did not need to undergo a sunrise review and could therefore move forward with pursuing licensure.


CDA’s licensure will ensure that dietitian jobs go to Colorado dietitians. Licensure will be drafted using The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics model legislation. The legislation will define the requirements to be a “licensed” dietitian as one who provides medical nutrition therapy. Currently dietitians enjoy title protection but do not enjoy the regulation of their practice on a state level. Several states surrounding Colorado are moving towards requiring licensure to provide Dietetic services in hospitals such as the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Utah.




 
 

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