AADE e-Advocacy Newsletter

July through September 2010

2010 AADE Advocacy Award Recipient

Each year AADE recognizes an AADE Member, volunteer, or other person that has made significant contributions to AADE's Advocacy and legislative efforts.

This year’s winner of the AADE Advocacy Award (Sponsored by Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) was Jennifer Troupe RD CDE of Montana.

Jennifer has worked diligently to mobilize her fellow educators and members of the health community in Montana to help educate her Senators and House Member of Congress. Since her Senator (Max Baucus D-MT) is also the Chair of one of the most significant committees in the Senate (Finance) with jurisdiction over Medicare and health reform, it was no small task to promote support for a relatively small health provision (Diabetes Self-Management Training Act), albeit one that is crucial to diabetes educators and their patients, in light of the thousands of other issues that were in play on the health debate.

Jennifer Troupe 2010 AADE Advocacy Award Winner

Through focused, forceful and professional outreach efforts on the state level, and taking her personal time to travel to Washington, DC to meet with Members and key congressional staff, Jennifer was successful in garnering the support AADE needed on its top legislative effort. The CDE provision was included in the large health reform effort that passed the House of Representatives in 2009, as well as a key Senate committee’s health package.

While the outlook for the health reform effort is still somewhat unknown at present, we anticipate there will be additional opportunities to address Medicare and health reform issues in the future. For this reason, it is crucial for AADE to show the prior bipartisan support that has been afforded the CDE language and its inclusion in these larger bills.

Jennifer has been an instrumental component of AADE’s legislative success to date. And, until the CDE provision is finally enacted into law, she intends to continue to work diligently to promote the CDE issue and other issues of interest to educators and the diabetes community.

We thank Jennifer for her hard work on behalf of her state, diabetes educators and people with diabetes across the nation. Congratulations on a well-deserved award.

November: American Diabetes Month & World Diabetes Day (WDD)!

2010 marks the second year of the International Diabetes Federation's- World Diabetes Day-five-year focus on 'Diabetes education and prevention', the theme selected by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization for World Diabetes Day 2009-2013.

The campaign calls on all those responsible for diabetes care to take control of diabetes Now! For the general public and people at high risk of diabetes, the campaign aims to raise awareness and disseminate tools for prevention.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14th.

For more information visit the WDD website here.

November is also American Diabetes Month

During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association is encouraging the public to take action against this devastating disease by asking “How will you Stop Diabetes? The future is in your hands.”

Find out more on this campaign here.

Diabetes Educator State Licensure Initiative

As management of diabetes becomes increasingly complex, it is imperative that diabetes health care professionals be well educated and appropriately credentialed.

We are pleased to announce that legislation to require licensure for those practicing diabetes education or using the title diabetes educator will be reintroduced in Kentucky, the pilot state for this initiative, and for the first time in Indiana in the 2011 legislative session.

Diabetes educator licensure is intended for the healthcare professional that has a defined role as a diabetes educator, not for those who may perform some diabetes-related functions as part of, or in the course of, other routine occupational duties.

Without this “legal” definition, diabetes educators will continue to be a self-defined entity. While payors may reimburse for the diabetes education service (DSMT), they may not recognize (reimburse) the provider of these services—the qualified diabetes educator.

Licensure of the diabetes educator will also provide for consumer safety and provide minimum standards for recognition of the professional.

If you have any questions please contact the AADE Advocacy Department @ advocacy@aadenet.org.

Last Chance to Make a Difference!

We need to ACT NOW if we want our legislation passed!

We are nearing the end of the 111th Congress and the November elections are right around the corner. That means that we have a very small window of opportunity to get H.R. 2425 and S. 3211 passed. We need everyone who supports Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) to contact their Members of Congress now.

Write to your House Representatives about H.R. 2425.

Write to your Senator about S. 3211. 

Just imagine what would happen if this legislation was passed and all Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE®) became recognized Medicare providers of Diabetes-Self Management Training! In our continued quest to ensure that ALL patients have access to the highest quality DSMT, we could…

  • Increase access to DSMT in rural and underserved populations.
  • Attract other health care professionals to the practice of diabetes education.
  • Position CDEs to negotiate for appropriate reimbursement for the services we provide.

This year, AADE members and others in the diabetes education community have made a lot of noise on Capitol Hill. Together, we have been working to correct the oversight that excludes Certified Diabetes Educators as Medicare providers of DSMT and correct the technical language in the regulations.

This year, AADE members have sent more letters, made more calls, and conducted more visits than ever before. Many of you have built strong relationships with your Members of Congress and have made them aware of the important and critical service that Certified Diabetes Educators provide.

However, all of this hard work is still not enough! Now is the time to demand that your Members of Congress recognize this service by signing on as co-sponsors of H.R. 2425 and S. 3211!

H.R. 2425, the Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2009 introduced by Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO 1st), currently has 45 co-sponsors. And S.3211, the Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2010 introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), currently has 12 co-sponsors.

However, we need to increase this number dramatically to guarantee this legislation is passed in the 111th Congress. There are 435 U.S. Representatives and 100 Senators and with AADE member representation in all 50 states, the percentage of co-sponsors for this legislation is proportionately underrepresented.

We need you and your colleagues to call and write your legislators, make visits and share your stories with your Congressmen and Senators. Let your voices be heard; only YOU can affect this change—there is no better lobbyist than you!

Many diabetes educators are finding that their programs are closing or downsizing. Now is the time to ACT. We all must become advocates and finally get the recognition and reimbursement we deserve!

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