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ACTION ALERT: Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

Medicare recipients deserve access to obesity counseling from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have the expertise and training to provide quality care.
 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!



Send an email today urging Congress to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act that allows registered dietitian nutritionists to independently bill for obesity counseling to Medicare patients.

As individuals and as an organization, we can make a difference – but only with your help.

1. Even if you have sent Academy Action Alerts in the past, please take action today!

2. Make a contribution to ANDPAC. Relationships built through ANDPAC, allow the Academy to actively voice our commitment to improving cost-efficient and quality health care for older Americans.


Thank you in advance for taking action and making our profession the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.

 

Updated January 23, 2017

The New Administration: Opportunities and Challenges for Prevention
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST / 11:30 am – 1:00 pm PST

Please join the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America's Health for a Dialogue4Health Web Forum featuring a panel discussion on advocacy opportunities to advance prevention, equity and public health with the new administration and congress. The Web Forum will also provide strategies to ensure robust communications are provided to key audiences, including policymakers, and a Q&A session with the panelists.

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Update December 6, 2016

Wrapping Up the Current Congress and Looking Ahead…

There are several important issues being discussed in the waning hours of this Congress of interest to Academy members. These include-
Children’ Health
Child Nutrition Reauthorization. This bill remains alive with negotiations happening at every level late into the nights. The Academy staff is working with members of Congress to help protect the work of our members in School Meals, Child Care and WIC. If it is not passed, there is no assurance that the changes made in the Health Hunger Free Kids Act will survive. Member leaders in Michigan, Bethany Thayer, Betty Krause and Sarah Mott shared their support with Senator Stabenow (MI) carrying the message of appreciation and urgency.

To review the Academy recommendations for this bill: http://www.eatrightpro.org/~/media/eatrightpro%20files/advocacy/take%20action/getting%20started/overviewcnrrecommendations.ashx

Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease

National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act is moving in the Senate with a chance to be passed and signed into law. This innovative bill will establish an expert group including registered dietitian nutritionists to better coordinate clinical care activities among federal agencies and expedite regulatory reforms related to the coverage and delivery of care. Academy BOD members, Dianne Polly and Susan Brantley reached out to the lead Senator to express the need to move forward.
The Trump Administration has named Congressman Tom Price (GA) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. This agency includes CMS, CDC and FDA. Past Academy chair of the LPPC, Charlotte Hayes has met with the Congressman and his staff to develop a relationship on the importance of diabetes treatment and prevention.

Military and Food Security
The Academy has been working with key partners to reduce hunger with our military families. One success marker would be the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. If passed, troops would get their biggest pay raise in years under the final version of Congress’ annual defense policy bill.
The 2.1-percent increase would break a five-year trend of raises that have fallen below the private sector. The higher pay would go into effect Jan. 1 if the bill is passed by Congress. This increase in pay will help families reduce food insecurity.
http://www.foodandnutrition.org/Stone-Soup/November-2016/Help-End-Food-Insecurity-Among-Our-Veterans-and-Military-Families/

Budget
Congress needs to pass a budget before they leave for the holidays. Academy staff is working Congressional leaders to help assure funding for nutrition services and interventions including the protection of the Prevention Fund.

Medicare Reform
The new Congress led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) is proposing a major overhaul in payment system of Medicare. Although early, Academy staff is working to do a deep dive on the impact of nutrition services to disabled and older adults.

Regulations
Comments are being developed to insure federal agencies have the guidance to incorporate evidenced based nutrition science into regulations. One topic that is included is the definition of “healthy” and how to translate the science for consumers’ food purchasing behaviors.

 

Update November 29, 2016

The National Clinical Care Commission Act and Treat and Reduce Obesity Act action alerts will remain open until December 16. We continue to need your voice on Capitol Hill!

Please send the following message to your membership this week.

Dear Colleague,

Please send your members of Congress letters urging them to support the Academy’s legislative priorities important to our profession. Please ask your members of Congress to:

  1. Support passage of the National Clinical Care Commission Act which would give registered dietitian nutritionists a seat at the table to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for individuals with diabetes and related diseases.
  2. Support passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act which would effectively treat and reduce obesity in older Americans by increasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to qualified practitioners, such as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Please use one of the preferred web browsers to take action: Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

We are counting on you, please take action today!

Your RDN friend,
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Update November 17, 2016

The Final Countdown: National Clinical Commission Bill Moves to the U. S. Senate
Thanks to the support of the Academy and our partners in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, yesterday the House unanimously passed the National Clinical Care Commission Act (H.R. 1192). The bill now moves to the Senate, where it must pass in order to be signed into law this year.
 
This bill gives registered dietitian nutritionists a seat at the table to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for people with diabetes and related diseases. It is critical that your Senators hear from you about the importance of passing this bill.

 

 

Update October 27, 2016

Action Alerts Remain Open – We need a United Voice!
We continue to need your voice on Capitol Hill! Please send the following message to your membership this week,
 

Dear Colleague,

Please send your members of Congress letters urging them to support three legislative priorities important to our profession.  Please ask your members of Congress to:

  1. Support passage of the National Clinical Care Commission Act which would give registered dietitian nutritionists a seat at the table to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for individuals with diabetes and related diseases
  2. Fight Malnutrition by encouraging CMS to support the Academy’s proposed malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures. These measures would hold health care facilities accountable for screening patients for malnutrition, documenting the diagnosis of malnutrition, ensuring a nutrition assessment is completed, and finally, developing a nutrition care plan.
  3. Support passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act which would effectively treat and reduce obesity in older Americans by increasing Medicare beneficiaries' access to qualified practitioners, such as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.
 Please use one of the preferred web browsers to take action:  Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
 
We are counting on you, please take action today!!
 
Best Regards,
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Update October 17, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Contact Your Senators to Urge Passage of the NATIONAL CLINICAL CARE COMMISSION ACT (H.R. 1192)

Please ask your U.S. Senators to support passage of H.R. 1192, the National Clinical Care Commission Act.

This legislation creates a Commission that will consist of representatives from federal agencies and private sector experts, including registered dietitian nutritionists, who will provide a laser beam focus on federal activities related to pre-diabetes, diabetes and other metabolic, autoimmune and insulin resistant diseases. The purpose of the Commission is to improve the communication and coordination among federal agencies and help evaluate current clinical care activities to ensure they are meeting the goal of improving the quality of patient care.

H.R. 1192 is making great progress in the House of Representatives having been passed by a congressional committee on September 21. It is expected to be passed on the House floor in November and sent over to the Senate for approval. There will only be a short time for the Senate to pass H.R. 1192 in the session following the November elections, which is why we are asking the Senators to pass the House bill. It is critical for Senators to hear from you, their constituent, that this legislation is a priority and must be passed this year.
 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!


Make a contribution to ANDPAC. Help the Academy support decision makers who understand the importance of improving diabetes care, as well as to reduce health care costs. Because of relationships built through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee, the Academy actively voices our concerns about decreasing health care costs.

 

 

Update September 29, 2016

Action Alert Remains Open until October 31:  Help Fight Malnutrition Today!
Affiliates will be continuing the advocacy efforts during October with visits to members of Congress in their home state. Here is how our public policy leaders and Academy members can assist:

  1. Take the Action Alert and encourage all public policy panel members to do the same.
  2. If you did not send the following eblast message to your affiliate, DPG or MIG members last week, please send the approved message to your members this week:
Subject: Action Alert: Let's Fight Malnutrition Today

Dear Colleague,
Registered dietitian nutritionists play a critical role in addressing malnutrition, let’s be sure our policy makers hear our united voice!  Please send your members of Congress email letters today telling them to support the Academy’s proposed malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures. These measures would hold health care facilities accountable for screening patients for malnutrition, documenting the diagnosis of malnutrition, ensuring a nutrition assessment is completed, and finally, developing a nutrition care plan.
 
Now is the time for Medicare recipients to have the quality care and nutrition interventions that can improve health and reduce hospital readmissions – don’t you agree?
 
Click here to take action. It takes only a few minutes!

It is urgent that your U.S. Senators and Representative hear from you. Please take action today.
 
Your RDN friend,  
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  1. Please encourage all board, committee, colleagues and friends to also complete the action alert. Thank you for activating your membership.
  2. Begin to schedule meeting with U. S. Senators and Representatives in their Congressional district offices to ask that they add their signature to the CMS letter.  Please share your meeting schedule with me.
  3. Join the webinar for policy leaders on Friday, September 30.  See registration information below.
  4. Submit reports and pictures following the Congressional meetings to me.

Malnutrition Advocacy Follow-up: Meet with Congress members in Congressional Districts
A webinar training session for Affiliate public policy coordinators and DPG/MIG policy and advocacy leaders will be held on Friday September 30, 2016 from 2 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) to prepare you and your affiliate members for these important Congressional in-district visits during the month of October. Can we count on your policy team to join in the momentum to fight malnutrition by meeting with your U.S. Congress members or their district/state staff in October?
 
Register for the September 30, 2016 training webinar today! All affiliate, DPG and MIG policy leaders should attend. Please make sure at least one person from your DPG, MIG or affiliate participate.

Academy’s First Quarterly Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill a Success!
Academy members and partner organizations visited with more than 70 key members of Congress to highlight the impact of malnutrition on health care.  A Congressional briefing was held in conjunction with the event with special guest, Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) who addressed the importance of recognizing and treating malnutrition.  During Hill visits, these 70 key members of Congress were asked to join Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.) and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.) to encourage Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to adopt four recently-submitted malnutrition quality measures
 
Meetings were held with the health legislative staff for Representatives Rick Crawford (Ark.), Devin Nunes (Calif.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), Vern Buchanan (Fla.), Ander Crenshaw (Fla.), John Lewis (Ga.), Danny Davis (Ill.), John Shimkus (Ill.), Larry Bucshon (Ind.), Lynn Jenkins (Kan.), Brett Guthrie (Ky.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), Ann Wagner (Mo.), Gregg Harper (Mis.), George Holding (N.C.), Brad Ashford (Neb.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Frank Pallone (N.J.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Paul Tonko (N.Y.), Lee Zeldin (N.Y.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), Robert Gibbs (Ohio), Bob Latta (Ohio), Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), Kurt Schrader (Ore.), Greg Walden (Ore.), Mike Kelly (Pa.), Joe Pitts (Pa.), Diane Black (Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Phil Roe (Tenn.), Joe Barton (Texas), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Suzan DelBene (Wash.), Dave Reichert (Wash.) and David McKinley.
 
Academy members also met with health legislative staff for Senators Tom Cotton (Ark.), Senator Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Bill Nelson (Fla.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), John Isakson (Ga.), David Perdue (Ga.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Charles Grassley (Iowa), Michael Crapo (Idaho), Daniel Coats (Ind.), David Vitter (La.),  Gary Peters (Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Mark Warner (Va.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).
 
Once we have additional information to share regarding the meeting successes and the names of the members of Congress who have agreed to sign onto the letter to CMS, we will let you know.  If you have questions, please contact me.
 
To date, Academy members have sent more than 7,880 letters to members of Congress asking them to encourage CMS to adopt four recently-submitted malnutrition quality measures.  Please keep up the great advocacy work!
 
The reports of the number of Academy members by state who have responded to the two action alerts will be posted in the Public Policy Panel COI later today.   The detailed reports for the affiliate public policy coordinators will also be posted to the public policy coordinator community of interest. Here is a chart identifying the action alert totals as of today:
 

Action Alert Title Academy Members Participating Percentage Participation Legislators Contacted Number of Letters Sent
Let’s Fight Malnutrition 2,557 3.5% 508 7,883
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act 2,365 3.2% 517 8,123

 

Update September 21, 2016

Diabetes Commission Bill Passes Another Hurdle En Route to Passage
Thanks to the support of the Academy and our partners in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance, today the full Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 1192, the National Clinical Care Commission Act. It is critical that the momentum continue on this bill so that it is signed into law before the end of the year. This bill would give registered dietitian nutritionists a seat at the table to ensure that federal programs provide the most efficient and effective care for people with diabetes and related diseases. Please share this information with your affiliate, DPG and MIG members, and stay tuned for an opportunity to reach out to your Members of Congress in support of this important bill.

 

Updated June 6, 2016

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

You Can Help Prevent Child Hunger

The House of Representatives’ bill “Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016” (H.R. 5003), will in fact increase child hunger. This bill would:

  • Make it harder for children to receive healthy food at school
  • Increase paper work for schools
  • Not recognize the importance of science-based nutrition standards.

The Academy is asking you to voice your opposition to provisions in H. R. 5003.

As individuals and as an organization, we can make a difference – but only with your help.

1. Stop the House from passing a bill that will increase child hunger.
 

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

2. Make a contribution to ANDPAC. Help the Academy support decision makers who understand the importance of child nutrition programs. Because of relationships built through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee, the Academy actively voices concerns for stopping child hunger.

Review the Academy’s Child Nutrition Reauthorization recommendations.

Read the text of HR 5003.

Read a summary of the bill.

Read the opposition letter signed by the Academy and more than 700 other organizations.

Thank you for taking action today!

Lucile Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND
President, 2016-2017

 

Updated May 16, 2016

 Action Alert: Suspend Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies
As of today, only 2.3 % or 1,696 Academy members have responded to the action alert.  Please ask your members to urge Congress to suspend the Competitive Bidding Program. Your efforts will help reverse this trend of harmful practice for our patients.
 
Please send the following message to your membership:
 

Subject line: Action Alert: Suspend the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies
 
Dear Colleague,
Your Senator and Congressman need to hear from you.  Please urge Congress to suspend the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for Diabetes Testing Supplies. 
 
In 2011, Medicare tested a Competitive Bidding Program aimed to save money and to maintain the quality of care for patients. Although the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report in 2012 stating that there was insufficient data on the programs’ effectiveness, Medicare launched the program nationwide in 2013.
 
A recent peer-reviewed article in the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Care journal, demonstrates that the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program for diabetes testing supplies has led to needless deaths, more hospitalizations and increased costs. Despite this, Medicare still plans to request new competitive bids on July 1.

Please take action today!
 
Thank you,
 
Your RDN friend,  
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Action Alert: Child Nutrition and Hunger Programs
Please continue to support the Senate Agriculture Committee's bipartisan reauthorization of child nutrition programs bill, titled the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. Encourage your members to take action today!
 
As of today, only 5% or 3,623 Academy members have responded to the action alert.  The Senators need to know that their constituents strongly support this bill, which incorporates many of the Academy's recommendations to support healthy meals and promote nutrition education for our children. We expect a vote on this bill in the Senate later this spring. 
 
Please send the following message to your membership:
 

Subject line: Action Alert: Child Nutrition and Hunger Programs in the Senate
 
Dear Colleague,
Your Senators need to know that their constituents strongly support the bi-partisan Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, which incorporates many of the Academy's recommendations to support healthy meals and promote nutrition education for our children.
 
Please take action today to support healthy meals for hungry children.
 
Thank you,
 
Your RDN friend,  
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Action Alert Reports
The reports of the number of Academy members by state who have responded to the two action alerts that are open will be posted later this week in the Public Policy Panel COI.    Here is a chart identifying the action alert totals as of today:

Action Alert Title Academy Members Participating Percentage Participation Legislators Contacted Number of Letters Sent
Medicare Competitive Bidding Program 1,696 2.3% 498 5,547
Senate Child Nutrition Bill 3,623 5.0% 100 9,334
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act 6,643 9.1% 538 30,703

 

 

ACEND Standard Updates (May 2, 2016)

Greetings from ACEND,
 
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is writing to keep you informed of our standards development work. A copy of the May update is posted on the ACEND Standards webpage www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/Standards.
 
The May update explains how the associate degree practitioner prepared in the proposed future education model will be a different practitioner than the associate degree practitioner prepared under the current ACEND accreditation standards (2012 and 2017 draft standards). The update also answers questions we received at the March NDEP meetings and the April ACEND virtual town hall meeting. We invite all stakeholders who are interested in learning more about the work of ACEND to attend these meetings which are held the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Central Time. The next meeting will occur May 12. Information for connecting to the virtual town hall is posted on the ACEND Standards webpage www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/Standards
 
We also would like to remind you to provide input on the draft 2017 Accreditation Standards at the following survey link prior to Friday, May 13, 2016https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017Std2
 
The 2017 draft standards are the result of a planned five-year review cycle of the current 2012 Accreditation Standards to ensure compliance with USDE regulations; and are different from the future education model associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree standards that will be released for public comment later this year.

Please share this information with your constituents/colleagues.  If you or they have questions, please send them to acend@eatright.org or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them.  Future editions of the monthly update will include these questions and an ACEND response.

Thank you so much.
 
Mary Gregoire, PhD, RD
ACEND, Executive Director

Older Americans Month Advocacy
May is Older Americans Month, the Academy will be participating with partners in the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance to highlight legislation that will improve prevention and treatment of diabetes in the Medicare population, including H.R.1686 to give seniors with prediabetes access to MNT provided by RDNs.  Watch for more information in Eat Right Weekly.
 

Tweet for May 4:
#Diabetes occurs in people of all ages but is most common in older adults. #OlderAmericansMonth http://1.usa.gov/1WOKYZA
 
Tweet for May 5:
#Diabetes occurs in people of all ages but is most common in older adults. #OlderAmericansMonth http://1.usa.gov/1WOKYZA
 
 

How to:
Taking Action with the Academy: http://www.eatright.org/members/actioncenter.aspx

  1. Log in as a member
  2. Under the member’s section click on the Public Policy link
  3. Click on the Take Action link
  4. Go to the Grassroots Manager (right side of page)
  5. Select the issue you would like to take action on by clicking on the blue Take Action button
  6. Confirm your personal information and click continue at the bottom of the screen
  7. Select the form of contact you wish to send – the default is set to webform which is the preferred method of most Congressman/woman
  8. Review content in letter – revise as desired
  9. Click submit
  10. A confirmation page will appear

Helpful information:  The Take Action section on the Academy website offers several tips and materials you will find helpful in contacting your legislators.  Materials include Congressional materials, advocacy tutorials, recorded webinars, and more.