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Letter from the Editor #668:

Mar 15, 2013
This week we are sharing a plea from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) for medical professionals and diabetes patients to urge members of Congress to pass the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act. This act calls for the the creation of a commission to identify gaps in care. (See this week’s Item #3.) Instead of trying to get Congress to pass House and Senate bills to form this "commission" it may be more efficient to have them focus on bills that already address the problem.
If we want to make a bigger impact on the 26 million adults and children who have diabetes and the 35% of the population who are pre-diabetic, then AACE should be asking us to support Senate Bill S1468 the Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training Act of 2011 and the corresponding House of Representatives Bill HR2787.
These two bills will correct a glaring oversight in not allowing Medicare payments directly to Certified Diabetes Educators. It has been two years since Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), first introduced this bill in the Senate and Representative Ed Whitfield (D-KY) introduced a similar bill in the House. As most of you know, the NCBDE certifies CDE’s through testing and continuing education requirements to make sure they are providing the best and most up-to-date care.  
Passage of these two bills would be an immediate, effective way to address the problems that Alan J. Garber, M.D., Ph.D., President of AACE, wants to convene a commission for. Other organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, The Endocrine Society and the Pediatric Endocrine Society who support the idea of a commission, should be joining the American Association of Diabetes Educators to support the CDE Bills. 
If you agree and want to let your representative or senator know how you feel then I urge you to go to either: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ or http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm, and urge your members of Congress to support these bills.
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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief