Two-months have passed since the Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2011 was
introduced in the House and Senate. More co-sponsors are needed. We are rapidly nearing the
end of the first session of the 112th Congress* and it is critical that we take action now so
we can come out of the gate strong in 2012!
AADE Advocacy is spotlighting Donna Tomky, MSN RN, C-NP CDE FAADE, AADE President and Advocate
in the State of New Mexico. Leading the charge, Donna and her fellow New Mexicans were instrumental
in obtaining Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-D-1st) and Rep. Ben Lujan's (NM-D-3rd) co-sponsorship of H.R.
2787 the Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2011.
With today’s the political climate, grassroots efforts are more important than ever! The
New Mexico AADE members have shown how mobilizing the community has a positive effect on
legislators decision making. Engaging your diabetes educator community increases the strength and
influence of the grassroots effort.
In Donna’s words, "[All of the Members of Congress we met with] knew someone with diabetes,
with most having family members with [diabetes] and one aide having pre-diabetes. It really hit
home in a state with a high Hispanic and Native American population...I sent follow-up emails after
the meetings, and of course send information on the bills."
The key to the success of these folks in New Mexico was sticking to the basics and that is
bringing a personal element into the equation; being the expert and providing "just the facts" and
For more tips on how to effectively organize a grassroots movement in your area please check
Basics and the
Series on the AADE website.
The following are some helpful tips when communicating with your legislators about issues
related to diabetes educators/education or other matters important to you.
Letters, Emails, and Faxes
Personal letters are considered the most effective and persuasive way of communicating with
elected officials, but email and faxes have become much more acceptable given the security concerns
associated with traditional mail. Keep in mind that emails and faxes must be personalized to be
effective. So when you receive action alerts from the AADE national office, and you have a few
extra minutes, take the time to personalize those messages to your Members of Congress.
Section 4105 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA) provided coverage and reimbursement for
diabetes self-management training (DSMT) by physicians and other healthcare providers who are
currently eligible to bill Medicare for services or supplies, provided that DSMT is furnished
incident to other covered services, regardless of whether those items or services are related to
diabetes care. While the intent of the legislation to include outpatient clinic settings was
achieved, the spirit behind the need for such legislation was not met. The statutory provision did
not recognize credentialed diabetes educators, the largest and most qualified group of healthcare
professionals to provide DSMT.
In addition to the AADE legislative agenda the advocacy department monitors pertinent
legislation that has some impact or relevance to the diabetes community as well as the service that
diabetes educators provide.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) announced the selection of Logan
Nicole Gregory for its 2011 Advocacy Award. Gregory received the award in August at the
association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award recognizes an AADE member, volunteer
or other person that has made significant contributions to AADE advocacy and legislative efforts.
The award was presented by Paul Madden (pictured below), chair of the AADE foundation board of
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- AADE Facebook to network with your colleagues and connect with people from all over the country
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- Follow AADE on twitter to receive quick and easy information regarding diabetes education and
AADE continues its efforts with the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance to collaborate with the
diabetes community to address issues that affect the millions living with diabetes.
Members of the DAA bring a variety of perspectives to addressing the many challenges that
diabetes and prediabetes pose to the health of Americans and the US economy. They represent the
points of view of patients, health care professionals, community-based nonprofit organizations, and
corporations that provide life-enhancing products and services, all united by a desire to change
the way diabetes and prediabetes are perceived, approached and treated.