AADE recently unveiled
their participation in the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program to increase
the number of community and clinic-based programs that can get accredited and
expand access to diabetes education. Many diabetes educators think the program is
promising to help those who cannot or do not seek care in a large settings,
such as a hospital, access care. We think the expansion for diabetes education
programs is terrific, especially as those in many small towns and rural areas
often do not have education programs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) also approved the American Diabetes Association and the Indian
Health Service to accredit organizations for self-management training.
CCEO of AADE, Lana Vukovljak, MS, MA, described trends of diabetes education moving into the community and that AADE wants to go where the patients are seeking care. HURRAH! The accreditation process is important because educators don’t bill Medicare directly like many health care providers. Instead, Medicare and other third-party insurers only accept billing from an accredited diabetes program. AADE suggests that the new accreditation program will encourage patients to follow the AADE “7” framework, a structure of “achieving behavior change”. We’re so glad for patients that these three organizations have the opportunity to expand education programs outside of major centers and facilities and that they are bringing more access to care into the community. Kudos – and thank you so much.