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Legislating for better diabetes care

September 4, 2012 in News

Legislators in Washington, D.C. have introduced a bill that, if passed, will create the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission: an organization that would aim to address the diabetes epidemic by coordinating and concentrating national efforts to research, understand, prevent, and treat the condition.

The bill was introduced by the co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). The bill calls for the creation of a commission made up of both private and public sector efforts. The members would evaluate current approaches to diabetes care and prevention, provide recommendations on how to improve current methods of treating diabetes, and coordinate efforts to improve on these methods. The bill was also introduced to the House of Representatives in September by Pete Olson (R-22-Texas).

While the federal government currently has many efforts underway to address the rising rates of diabetes, the authors of the bill feel that greater coordination and communication will help each of these efforts. The goal is to include diabetes experts, especially endocrinologists and other health care providers, who can work directly with people who have diabetes. They would also work with patient advocates and representatives from federal agencies, such as the CDC, which are heavily involved in diabetes care initiatives.

Alan Garber, MD, PhD, current president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, helped author the bill. He called the new act a “significant first step in the nation’s battle against diabetes and its consequences.”

You can read the bill and find out about its current status in the Senate through the Senate’s website. The status of the bill in the House of Representatives is also available online.

The original Endocrine Today article was published via Healio.

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