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AADE Receives Continued Approval as an Accrediting Organization for Diabetes Education Programs

Sep 29, 2015

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) has been reapproved as a national accrediting organization (NAO) for entities that facilitate outpatient diabetes education to Medicare beneficiaries. This renewal is awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is in effective until September 27, 2021.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

Under the Medicare program, eligible beneficiaries may receive outpatient DSMT when ordered by a physician or other qualified practitioner treating the beneficiary’s diabetes as long as specific requirements are met by the provider. The NAOs are used to assess whether provider entities meet Medicare requirements when providing DSMT. When a provider entity is approved by an NAO, it is assumed to have met the applicable requirements.

In order to become a NAO, the organization must meet the standards and requirements of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under part 410, subpart H to qualify and be considered for accrediting authority. The NAO must provide assurance that their approval requirements are at least as rigorous as those of the CMS.

We are pleased to receive a six-year renewal for our Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. As one of only two national accrediting organizations by CMS, this will allow for continued growth which ultimately provides people with diabetes increased access to quality diabetes self-management education and training,” said Leslie E. Kolb MBA, BSN, RN, Vice President of Science and Practice with AADE.

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About the AADE: 
Founded in 1973, AADE is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education.  With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.  Collectively, our alliances, member practitioner networks, and academic partners uniquely position AADE at the locus of change for the future treatment of diabetes.  To learn more go to: www.diabeteseducator.org

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