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Letter from the Editor #518

Apr 25, 2010
Dear Clinician:

If you could make sure all of your patients received diabetes education and extended diabetes management from the first day of diagnosis, would you be interested? If this could be done either in your office or close by, would you be interested? If this could be done with your patients individually or in a group would you be interested? And if you could generate income for your practice, would you be interested?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you need to know about Senate bill S. 3211 Diabetes Self Management Training Act of 2010, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on April 15, 2010. This bill. which mirrors H.R. 2425. serves to improve access to diabetes self-management training (DSMT) by designating certified diabetes educators as certified providers for purposes of outpatient diabetes self-management training services under part B of the Medicare Program.


This means that, for the first time ever, you can refer your patients to a nearby CDE or have a CDE in your office on a regular basis. This means that you can have a CDE right in your office to manage patients’ insulin and review glucose readings. There are over 16,000 CDE’s currently practicing in the US and many of them have private practices and will welcome the opportunity to team up with you to care for patients.

If you think that this could make a difference in your practice I urge you to click here to contact your state senator and click here to contact your congressional representative and let them know how important this is to you.

When working with my interns I often tell them one question begets another, and that apparently is what has happened over the past few weeks with our favorite writer Sheri Colberg, Ph.D.. This week she joins use for her 100th column. We asked you to share some of your patients most frequently asked questions and many of you responded. Sheri has reviewed them and put together answers for you. Check out Physical Activity Q & A with the Doctor, Part 3.


Taking Control of Your Diabetes: New Orleans, Louisiana, Saturday, May 8
The TCOYD team will be in New Orleans at the Pontchartrain Center for a conference and health fair on Saturday, May 8. For more 2010 upcoming conference details, please go to TCOYD.org.

dLife.com: April 25, 7PM ET on CNBC
Topics: dLife looks at breaking insulin barriers in Type 2 treatment with Special Guest, Dr. Steve Edelman. Plus, dLife explains the most important number in your diabetes care — the A1c. And, how a pastor’s wife started a movement in faith-based healthcare. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

Please answer this week’s Poll question:

What percentage of your patients do you refer to a podiatrist for at least one visit?



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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief