AADE has created PROJECT VISION, a multi-year initiative to position diabetes educators for success within a dynamically changing environment, elevating your role as integrators for clinical management, education, prevention and support.
AADE President Karen Kemmis shares her thoughts on the need for this new vision for the specialty in the January 2019 issue of AADE in Practice.
Join us on this journey to answer the call for less expensive but more effective diabetes care for people with diabetes. That’s what diabetes educators have to offer, NOW LET’S CLAIM IT!
To drive optimal outcomes through the integration of diabetes clinical management, education, prevention and support
The AADE Board of Directors has developed a framework and set of strategies to help us achieve this vision:
Serve as the Hub of the Care Team: Understanding that our value is in offering care that is holistic and seamless, it’s critical that we integrate the clinical and self-management aspects of care.
Integrate Related Conditions: Diabetes isn’t isolated, and neither are diabetes educators. We will demonstrate our expertise in the full range of cardiometabolic conditions: diabetes, obesity, hypertension and cardiac disorders.
Focus on Behavioral Health: Supporting the emotional well-being of the whole person with diabetes must be a foundational element of the care we provide.
Leverage Technology: Diabetes educators will be technology experts and data interpreters, trainers and consultants driving care.
Promote Person-Centered Care: We will continue to advocate so that every individual with diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions has access to a diabetes educator.
Achieve Quadruple Aim: We strive to offer care that positively impacts quality and cost and enhances the experience for both the person with diabetes and the provider.
Read our FAQs which includes answers to questions we’ve started to receive as we’re rolling out this new vision for the specialty.
To shape the future of our specialty we need to drive change instead of adapting to it. The right vision will position diabetes educators for success within a rapidly changing healthcare environment, elevating their role as integrators of diabetes clinical management, education, prevention and support.
We are at a critical point for the specialty. Pay-for-performance models are requiring that all healthcare professionals operate in new ways. Moving from a program mindset to a system mindset is essential as fragmented care will not be reimbursed. We must practice at the top of our license, embrace and own our role as cardiometabolic specialists and promote ourselves as clinical care managers. This is what the healthcare system demands and the people we serve need.
In 2017, the AADE Board of Directors embarked on a thoughtful, stakeholder-driven process which included in-depth, deliberate conversations and assessments with our sister associations and key stakeholders including:
Through leadership summits, surveys, focus groups, and lengthy debates, AADE collected broad input and reflections to inform a clear future vision for the specialty.
Diabetes educators will be positioned to deliver a more holistic and seamless service that bridges the gap between the clinical and self-management aspects of diabetes care, take on the full range of cardiometabolic conditions and be both technology experts and data interpreters. This is a significant opportunity for expanded roles and responsibilities and greater expertise to ensure positive outcomes for people affected by diabetes.
People with and at risk for diabetes will receive greater access to more holistic, collaborative, person-centered care.
Health systems will see improved outcomes across the Quadruple Aim: patient experience, provider well-being, population health and cost of care.
Many diabetes educators have either fully or partially incorporated these vision pillars into their practice but may not be acknowledged for it. Our goal is to ensure that all diabetes educators are positioned to practice within these realms and are the acknowledged experts by payers, providers and people with diabetes. For example, that we are the considered an expert in cardiometabolic conditions, are knowledgeable and a resource on technology solutions and look holistically at the behavioral and physical health of the people we serve.
Diabetes educators will:
The vision will be central to AADE programs and services moving forward. Stay tuned as this plan rolls out.
Not necessarily. The AADE Board of Directors and NCBDE are working closely to review each credential to ensure they reflect the role and relevancy of the future framework for the specialty.