AADE e-Advocacy Newsletter

September 2009

Welcome from Kathy Gold, Chair, AADE Advocacy Committee

On behalf of the Advocacy Committee I would like to welcome you to the first edition of e-Advocacy, Advice and Announcements.

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The DSMT Act of 2009: Background, Updates and Next Steps!

In 1997 Congress recognized the value of Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) by including it in the Balanced Budget Act (BBA). This provided Medicare coverage for DMST creating a climate that allowed it to be covered by all insurances. In the implementation of this legislation Medicare created language that required individual’s to be a “Medicare provider” in order to bill for services. A variety of groups and individuals qualify for a National Provider Identifier Number (NPI) some of which are hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, durable medical equipment suppliers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies/pharmacists, physicians, dentist, psychologists, nurse practitioners (NPs), and registered dietitians (RDs).

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Understanding for US and access for ALL!

Why all Certified Diabetes Educators should be recognized Medicare providers of DSMT.

Over the past 12 years the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has worked diligently to change the oversight that excluded CDEs as Medicare providers of DSMT and correct the technical language in the regulations.

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What's your story?

In an effort to increase our grassroots initiative at the state and federal levels, AADE Advocacy has created this newsletter to keep you informed of legislative issues that affect the profession of diabetes education and diabetes educators.

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Safer Needle Disposal Options through Legislative Efforts

There exists in the United States a critical public health problem: limited options available for the safe disposal of used needles and other sharps in the community at large. Safe disposal of these needles will protect workers and the public from unnecessary injury and possible infectious disease transmission. In efforts to educate the public about this issue and effective alternative solutions to discarding used sharps into the solid waste system, a coalition of concerned organizations including businesses (i.e. WM, BD, Can-Am Care), associations (i.e., AADE, AMA, APhA), and government agencies was formed, called the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal.

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2009 Legislative Leadership Award Winners

Each year at the annual meeting AADE recognizes two active members who have made special contributions to the political process by participating, promoting and developing legislative advocacy to benefit diabetes education.

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AADE goes to Washington!

On June 15th and 16th, with generous contributions from Eli Lilly, Roche, Medco, Takeda and Medtronic, over 75 AADE members were able to travel to Washington, DC  for the first-of-its-kind, two-day public policy forum. Read More

Advocacy Tip of the Month
  • Know the legislative process and who your state and federal legislators are.
  • Facts. Use research to help you convey your position to legislators, the public, your chapter, patients, and other AADE members. Credible data can complement personal stories about your cause, thereby making your point more convincing.
  • Identify fellow advocates and partners. Find common ground on issues to make a strong coalition.
  • Speak and act in a clear, persuasive and respectable manner. Read More