CORRECTING and REPLACING AACE Calls On Congress to Approve a New Approach to Diabetes Care

Thursday, September 15, 2011 3:24 pm EDT

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"We applaud Congressman Olson for introducing this bill which will effectively refocus federally supported clinical care activities so our nation can wage war on this terrible disease."

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First graph, second sentence of release should read: The legislation, introduced by Congressman Pete Olson (R-22-TX) and his colleagues, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-22-KY) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-32-TX), in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks a new national approach to diabetes (sted The legislation, introduced by Congressman Pete Olson (R-22-TX) and his colleagues (list original co-sponsors) in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks a new national approach to diabetes.)

The corrected release reads:

AACE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO APPROVE A NEW APPROACH TO DIABETES CARE

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) hails the introduction of The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Pete Olson (R-22-TX) and his colleagues, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-22-KY) and Congressman Pete Sessions (R-32-TX), in the U.S. House of Representatives, seeks a new national approach to diabetes.

The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act establishes a public-private partnership to improve the quality of diabetes care delivered in the country. The goal is better patient outcomes and a reduction in the onset, progression and complications of diabetes and its costs to the nation.

Currently, 37 different Federal agencies have some role in federal diabetes activites. This current system is failing to halt the diabetes epidemic in the United States. AACE points to the latest numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this year reporting that there are now 26 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million Americans with pre-diabetes. These statistics represent an increase of 2 million Americans with diabetes and 22 million Americans with pre-diabetes in the last three years alone. Pre-diabetes is a condition that is known to progress to diabetes without early intervention.

This legislation would form a National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission which would consult with Federal agencies and assist in coordinating and directing diabetes clinical care policy. The board would be comprised of health care professionals, patient advocates and representatives from the various federal agencies who deal with diabetes. The Commission would make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and to the Congress about current policies and programs that will improve the quality of diabetes care and patient outcomes.

“America is home to cutting-edge medical research and clinical care institutions that are the envy of the world,” said Congressman Olson. “Every diabetic and pre-diabetic deserves the highest quality of care, yet there is a huge gap between dollars for research and dollars for care. With one in three Medicare dollars currently being spent on diabetes, we must better leverage our taxpayer investment by translating our research investments to real diabetes care and prevention. My bill seeks to streamline diabetes research and care to ensure all patients have access to the best treatments and receive the same high quality care and quality of life through the successful management of their disease. With a laser-like focus on improving diabetes care, we can begin to make progress in reversing the diabetes epidemic.”

Left unchecked in the current system, the growing diabetes epidemic has the potential to bankrupt or nation’s healthcare system. Diabetes and its medical complications, which include amputations, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, neuropathy and vision problems, are currently consuming one out of every three dollars spent by the Medicare program. Total national costs associated with diabetes exceeded $218 billion in 2007, and continue to rise each year.

“With annual rates of diabetes and pre-diabetes continuing to skyrocket we need to have an honest discussion about what we’re doing as a nation, and what is working and what is not working,” said Dr. Yehuda Handelsman, President of AACE. “We applaud Congressman Olson for introducing this bill which will effectively refocus federally supported clinical care activities so our nation can wage war on this terrible disease.”

About AACE

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) represents more than 6,500 endocrinologists in the United States and abroad. AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The majority of AACE members are certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. Visit our website at www.aace.com.

Contact:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Bryan Campbell, 904-353-7878
Director of Public, Media and Industry Relations
bcampbell@aace.com