Advocacy

ACLM Advocacy priorities for 2022

  • Lifestyle medicine in medical education
  • Reimbursement for lifestyle medicine practice
  • The opportunity for lifestyle medicine in lifestyle-related chronic disease health disparities
  • Lifestyle medicine in the U.S. Military

We are closely watching developments in the following legislation:

The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act (H.R. 3108) was first introduced by Congressional Black Caucus health leader Robin Kelly and is now part of HR 7585, the Health Equity and Accountability Act, a large “messaging” bill introduced by the Tri-Caucus (Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus). It amends the Social Security Act to:

    1. Provide Medicare Part B coverage of outpatient MNT for prediabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, malnutrition, eating disorders, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases including celiac disease, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and any other disease or condition causing unintentional weight loss
    2. Authorize the Secretary of Health to include other diseases based on medical necessity
    3. Allow nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer their patients for MNT

The Medically Tailored Home-Delivered Meals Demonstration Pilot Act (H.R.5370) requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to establish a demonstration program to allow hospitals to provide medically tailored, home-delivered meals to Medicare beneficiaries who have a diet-impacted disease (e.g., kidney disease) and have daily living limitations. It was introduced by Rep. Jim McGovern.

The Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act (H.R.2094), introduced by Ron Kind, requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue issuing at least every 10 years physical-activity guidelines based on the most current scientific and medical knowledge.

The Education And Training (EAT) for Health Act of 2022 (H.R.8964) requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue to Federal agencies guidelines for developing procedures and requirements relating to certain primary care Federal health professionals completing continuing medical education on nutrition.

Federal News and Involvement

White House Conference

The White House has announced its Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health—the first such conference since 1969—is to convene all the arms of government, state and local leaders, tribal leaders, nonprofit and for-profit businesses, advocates, and those with lived experiences to design a roadmap to end hunger in America by 2030. The Conference, to be held on September 28, will be focused on addressing five main issues: ending hunger, improving nutrition, improving physical activity, reducing diet-related diseases, and closing disparity gaps.

Congressional Resolution

The McGovern/Burgess bipartisan resolution on nutrition education in medical schools, HRes 784, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. ACLM is urging further action to make this Sense of Congress resolution a reality.

Type 2 Diabetes Bill of Rights

When it comes to facing a diagnosis like type 2 diabetes, patients need as much information as possible to understand that it is not just a disease to be managed or accepted. Patients can sometimes achieve remission and reverse insulin resistance with the right tools and guidance.

Genetics may make type 2 diabetes more likely, but the disease is largely a result of diet and lifestyle choices. Changes in behavior can prevent it from even occurring, and even reverse it once it has occurred.

Patients have the right to be truly informed about all treatment options for type 2 diabetes before consenting to treatment.

If you are a clinician treating patients with type 2 diabetes, you can arm yourself and your patients with the knowledge needed to tackle what is becoming one of the single greatest chronic disease challenges you face today.  Learn more.

 

Special Projects

FOOD AS MEDICINE

HEALTH EQUITY

Healthy People 2030

We’re excited to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and join the Healthy People 2030 Champion Program.

As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, ACLM supports the vision of a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan. ACLM strives to improve clinical use of all six pillars to improve health behaviors and health conditions in multiple settings and populations in accordance with Healthy People 2030 objectives.

The only way to achieve Healthy People 2030’s objectives is to work together!

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