Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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Diabetes Prevention Closer to Becoming a Covered Benefit

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced that the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) met their standard of a program that increases quality of health while reducing healthcare costs. This welcome news means we are one step closer to Medicare covering prediabetes.

We were particularly happy to hear it, in part because AADE has been on the frontlines of prevention for many years. In fact, we are one of the original six organizations identified and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to scale the National DPP. The results achieved by AADE’s programs are in large part one of the reasons prediabetes care reimbursement is now being seen as critical to stemming the tide of new diabetes cases. 

What is unique about AADE’s DPP is that it’s taking place within an accredited/recognized DSME program and requires oversight from a diabetes educator. This means that diabetes educators are playing a major role in providing the care.  

This is, in particular, one of the big reasons we are so thrilled at this impending change in coverage. It’s expanding the opportunity for diabetes educators to add a new skillset, that of DPP Program Coordinator or even Lifestyle Coach. Learn more about AADE’s Diabetes Prevention Program and our Lifestyle Coach Training opportunities.  

While the proposal by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services still needs to go through a public comment period, we are hopeful that it will be adopted in the near future.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. We will alert you when the comment period opens and let you know about any other key announcements. 


Health Observances and ​Trending Articles

National Health Observances

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Women's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

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Keeping Up With Diabetes

Let's Focus on Beating Diabetes at Home- and Around the World

Patients Use Different Exercise Methods to Combat Diabetes

Quinn on Nutrition: Put down that salt shaker

The Impacts of Unsafe Medical Injections in the U.S.

World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes



Who to Follow


AADE is partnering with the American Medical Group Foundation on their Together 2 Goal® campaign, which seeks to guide medical groups and health systems in improving care for people with type 2 diabetes. 

The campaign provides guidance on putting 11 evidence-based care processes, or “campaign planks,” into action. It also offers proven tools from medical groups and health systems that have successfully implemented campaign planks. 

Of particular interest to diabetes educators is the “Refer to Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support Programs” campaign plank. It’s included in a Campaign Toolkit which features tips to help healthcare professionals implement this plank as well as samples of related tools, such as a patient goal-setting worksheet and DSME program referral list.

View a list of AMGA member organizations nationwide participating in Together 2 Goal® or visit for more information. 



Taking a Bite Out of Oral Health Problems

Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

AADE recently convened a summit meeting in Chicago, sponsored by Colgate, to explore opportunities for mitigating the impact of diabetes and oral health issues. There is a well-established bi-directional relationship between oral health and diabetes. Unfortunately, most dental health professionals know little about the role/benefit of diabetes educators, and diabetes educators often lack (or underutilize) resources to ensure the oral health of their patients.

A panel of experts from the fields of diabetes education and dental care, along with representatives from leading dental, periodontal and dental hygienist associations, spent two days discussing common challenges and potential solutions. The first area of focus involved the diabetes educators’ role in screening and teaching patients about oral health. Proposals included updating Standards of Care for both diabetes care and diabetes education, providing opportunities for continuing education in oral health care, and developing effective teaching tools for educating and motivating patients.

The second area of discussion focused on the dental professional’s role in enhancing diabetes care. The panel concluded that dental hygienists and dental assistants are in a unique position to provide basic diabetes education and screen for diabetes management issues. There was a consensus that oral health professionals would benefit from further training in diabetes care/treatment.

Opportunities for collaboration were also discussed at length. Reciprocal referrals can certainly be generated between diabetes educators and oral health professionals. Although referrals from the dental community generally go through the patient’s primary healthcare provider, communication with said providers may include recommendations for referring patients to specific diabetes educators and programs. Mutual sharing of expertise via webinars, conference exhibits, presentations, articles and mentorships/shadowing was also discussed.

Finally, the group generated a series of strategies for disseminating information regarding the two-way relationship between diabetes and oral health to the general public. Both broadcast and social media were considered as potential avenues.

Overall, the AADE Diabetes & Oral Health Summit gave all participants an opportunity to understand each other’s roles, needs and interests in great detail. AADE plans to generate a white paper summarizing the results of the summit, to be posted on the AADE website. Implementation of action items generated at the summit will take place over the months ahead.


New CDC Campaign Cautions Against Sharing Insulin Pens

one and onlyCDC’s One & Only Campaign aims to ensure patients are protected each and every time they receive a medical injection, including those from insulin pens. In 2009, in response to reports of improper use of insulin pens in hospitals, the Food and Drug Administration issued an alert reminding healthcare providers that insulin pens are meant for use on a single person only and are not to be shared. Unfortunately, there continue to be reports of insulin pen sharing, which puts patients at risk of getting blood borne and bacterial illnesses including hepatitis and HIV.

To prevent infections and protect patients, the campaign is reminding patients, families and healthcare providers that injection equipment (e.g. insulin pens, needles and syringes) should never be used for more than one person. The One & Only Campaign’s, “Be Aware, Don’t Share: Insulin Pen Safety Brochure,” has information about the risks posed by reuse of insulin pens and recommendations to prevent this unsafe practice. In addition to the insulin pen safety resources, CDC’s Injection Safety page has information for healthcare providers about infection prevention during blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration.

The campaign also has resources to help providers ensure safe injection practices more broadly, including guidance regarding handling of medication vials, needles and syringes. Learn more at

Interested in staying up-to-date with the One & Only Campaign? Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.



Annual Conference

Why Wouldn't You Attend AADE16?

Smithson_TobyToby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE

If you are interested in cutting edge information on diabetes care and education, why wouldn’t you attend AADE16? This meeting is the only meeting geared specifically towards diabetes educators. Plain and simple, you don’t have to sift through the brochure to see which presentations meet your CEU requirements, they all do. You’ll have the potential to earn up to 31 credits!

At this meeting, there are plenty of opportunities to broaden your connections across the U.S. by participating in networking events. As you have probably discovered along your career path, networking is an important part of learning and growing in your field. And there is no question about the location of this year’s conference in San Diego, which is the ultimate travel destination!

This year, AADE has added two specialty days: Type 1 Day and Prediabetes Day. On Saturday, August 13, there will be one session in each time slot focused on a type 1 diabetes topic. Hey, a quick shout out for session S13: The Diabetes Technology Revolution: Utilizing Tools and Technology Data to Maximize their Use and Improve Patient Outcomes. I will be a member of a three-person reactor panel, along with fellow diabetes educators Gary Scheiner and Aimee Jose, after we hear presentations from leading diabetes technology and app entrepreneurs showcasing new ways educators can help clients maximize the use of their data time efficiently. I’d love to see you there.

On Sunday, August 14, Prediabetes Day, there will be one session focused on prediabetes in each time slot. These will kick off after our general session on obesity management. I know this will be a busy day in light of the increasing number of people diabetes educators are counseling with prediabetes in a widening array of settings from community-based to virtual.

Keep in mind, sessions on prediabetes and type 1 will be offered throughout the whole conference so you aren’t limited to increasing your knowledge on one day. If your focus area happens to be type 1 or prediabetes, you will have a full day of options for that target clientele.

The rest of the schedule organizes the educational sessions into six different tracks. These tracks are designed to help us advance our knowledge and skills. I’m excited about the breakout of tracks this year which include:

  • Advanced Skills for Program and Business Management for Entrepreneurial Organization
  • Build Skills to Provide Diabetes Education and Support within Evolving Healthcare Systems
  • Innovative Diabetes Care and Education Across Diverse Populations
  • Pathophysiology, Epidemiology and Clinical Management of Prediabetes, Diabetes and Relate Chronic Conditions
  • Psychosocial Issues and the Promotion of Lifestyle Behavior Change
  • Use Diabetes Technologies and Connected Health Modalities to Deliver Cost Effective Care

After reviewing the lineup of topics, I hope you are now asking the question, why wouldn’t I register for AADE16?

I’d love to connect with you so I hope to see you there!

Register before 4/22 and save $100.


Advocacy Update​

We Need Your Voice


The AADE Advocacy Action Center provides federal and state legislative information related to diabetes education, the National Diabetes Prevention Program, medical nutrition therapy, and diabetes self-management training.

When our members lend their voices to our initiatives, we are able to generate attention for issues important to diabetes educators and people with diabetes. Get involved by staying informed and taking action!

Take action today on the issues around the Medicare competitive bidding program:



Professional Development

Join the "Best of the Best" in Advanced Diabetes Management


If you are a licensed healthcare professional with a graduate degree who has completed at least 500 clinical practice hours in advanced diabetes management, you may be a candidate for the Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) credential. This certification recognizes your expertise in advanced diabetes management while enhancing your career.

Meet Lindsey Healey, PharmD, CDE, BC-ADM who works with our nation’s veterans. We asked her what the BC-ADM credential means to her and how she prepared for test day:

“I take great pride in representing those letters behind my name. Not only am I recognized by my patients, peers and providers as a diabetes educator with a superior level of knowledge and skills to educate patients about the chronic condition they live with, but to me, it represents certification as the ‘best of the best’ in advanced diabetes management. I work with our nation’s veterans. I had a light bulb moment one day when I was working with a young army ranger who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while he was in service. He was sadly medically discharged. I thought about the training he had gone through to become an army ranger and how he must feel about his early discharge from the military due to diabetes. Just as he had endured so much to become the “best of the best” in his field, I too was inspired to provide my best for him and all the other patients I serve. I decided to demonstrate my superior understanding of diabetes management by becoming board certified.”

“When I was preparing for the test, I took the practice exam, which is similar to the certification exam and focused my areas of study on the subjects that needed the most improvement. I also attended the AADE annual conference. I essentially memorized the American Diabetes Association’s Standards of Medical Care which are published in January of each year. They cover everything from classification and diagnosis of diabetes, to pharmacotherapy and treatment goals. I would also recommend becoming familiar with the technology available for patients with diabetes including management of basal rates, carb ratios and correction factors.”

Hear from more BC-ADM holders by logging in to MY AADE NETWORK, and visiting the new BC-ADM Practice Group discussion board on MY AADE NETWORK.

The deadline to apply is May 1 (or May 15 with a late fee). Join over 950 BC-ADMs and start your application.



Top 5 Reasons to Attend the DSME Workshop in Tampa

166671623Building a diabetes education and prevention program is a challenge. Here are the top five ways attending the Building Your Diabetes Education and Prevention Program on May 6-7 in Tampa, FL can help you succeed:

  1. Get personalized, expert attention from instructors as they guide you through the National Standards for both DSME and prevention.
  2. Participate in a live chart auditing exercise to help you develop your own charting requirements so you can pass a Medicare audit.
  3. Learn the proper reimbursement and documentation strategies.
  4. Build a business case for adding and implementing a diabetes prevention portion to create the most comprehensive program.
  5. Connect with your peers, share tips and strategies and earn 10 CE

Register today

Can’t make it to Tampa? Come to Chicago on October 21-22 to catch the last workshop of the year.

Is your DSME program already established? Check out our brand new Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program to take your program to the next level.



Crash Course in Diabetes Meds

If you’ve ever questioned your knowledge of the various types of medications available to treat diabetes, the Pharmacology Boot Camp will be a great learning opportunity.

Whether you have many questions about diabetes medications because you’re brand new to diabetes education, or you just need a nice refresher on the latest changes, you stand to gain from this four-hour (4 CE), interactive workshop.

Join us on Friday, May 6 in Tampa, FL at the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport-Westshore to get the answers you need to build your confidence in diabetes medications.

Sign up today



Membership News

Win $200 in Spring Member Referral Contest

membership_champHelp AADE membership grow this spring and you could win a $200 gift card. All you have to do to enter is be a membership champion by referring a friend or colleague to join.

To enter the drawing, simply refer a member by completing this brief online form. For each referral who joins AADE, you’ll be entered in the drawing. So the more members you refer, the more chances you have to win.

Become a membership champion and join the nearly 200 colleagues who have referred a member since 2015.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Winter Member Referral Contest. Congratulations to the following five winners in the drawing for one free year of AADE membership:

  • Terri Kemmerer, Frederick, MD
  • Carole Edwards, Pendleton, IN
  • Jane Wichert, Au Gres, MI
  • Dietmar Gann, Tuscon, AZ
  • Karen Cole, Huevelton, NY


Receive Free Access to Journal Articles this Month

The publisher of The Diabetes Educator and AADE in Practice, SAGE Journals, is providing free online access to more than 1.5 million articles across 940-plus SAGE journals this month.

Visit the SAGE site to take advantage of this limited-time opportunity (free access expires April 30). Upon registering, you’ll be able to peruse journals spanning the humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine.



Exchange Knowledge and Learn from Peers with Communities of Interest

Do you have practice questions that you need answers to? Would you like to learn more about specific topics? Are you looking to meet colleagues with similar interests and challenges? AADE’s Communities of Interest (COIs) can help you with all of this and much more.

One of your many AADE member benefits is exclusive access to 18 COIs. These topic-specific forums connect members with a common interest in specialized areas and functions of diabetes self-management education and training. They allow you to share knowledge and resources, and help solve problems. You can join as many as meet your interests and needs.

To start participating or sign-up for new topics, visit the COI page on MY AADE NETWORK and select the COIs you’re interested in. Joining is as easy as clicking subscribe.

The following topics are covered:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Office and Clinic Based
  • Complications and Care
  • Pediatric and Camp Educator
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Pharmacy
  • Diabetes Educators in Industry
  • Physical Activity
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Plant Based Nutrition
  • Diabetes Technology
  • Post Career
  • Disabilities
  • Pregnancy/Reproductive Health
  • Home Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Inpatient Management
  • Veterans Affairs/Dept. of Defense

  • Also available are the following Practice Area Discussion Groups, which are essentially COIs in formation:

    • Behavioral/Mental Health
    • Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management
    • Young Adults with Diabetes




    It’s Finally Here: The New MY AADE NETWORK

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    We’re proud to announce the launch of the fully redesigned MY AADE NETWORK–your online community for connecting with colleagues in the field of diabetes education. It’s been crafted to reflect member feedback we’ve received, and uses the latest web capabilities to give you an enjoyable browsing experience.

    Log in now to start exploring

    The new MY AADE NETWORK is the culmination of over five years of learning on our part: what do diabetes educators need from us, what do they need from each other, and-most importantly–what do they need from the technology platform their membership provides? We've taken our time, and consulted with industry leaders to bring you a refreshed community we think you'll love.

    Key features include:

    • Updated look and feel: Cleaner layouts help you get where you’re going faster
    • New help center: Answers to commonly asked questions, available 24/7
    • Mobile-friendly experience: The site works great across all devices–desktops, tablets, and phones

    We hope you like the new website as much as we do, and please let us know what you think! Your continued input is the key to our mutual success.



    Popular Conversations on MY AADE NETWORK

    AADE members are using MY AADE NETWORK to get their questions answered and reach out to other educators. Here are some of the conversations you may have missed this month.

    Can ADA Recognized Programs Co-Exist with CHWs or a Free Program?
    (Office & Clinic Based COI Discussions)

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    “Our Resident's Clinic is wanting their MAs to begin providing free diabetes education to their uninsured patients. I'm concerned this could put our ADA Recognized, MCR billing OP program in jeopardy. The clinic's free education would be offered at a different physical location than the ADA program, but it is all under the same health system umbrella. Any ideas how we can serve both of these populations?”

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    Blood Sugar Testing During Hypoglycemia?
    (Inpatient Management COI Discussions)

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    “I am preparing for our Nursing Grand Rounds presentation which will be an hour and a half long and was hoping to get some ideas on how to make it a little more interactive or fun. Instead of standing and lecturing for that long and seeing people fall asleep. I am needing to discuss insulin action times, our specific insulin protocols, pathophysiology of the different types of DM, and present case studies.
    Any ideas on how to change things up? Thanks in advance!”

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    Websites or Apps for Culturally Appropriate Foods?

    (Cultural Diversity COI Discussions)

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    “I am currently searching for apps or websites for carb counting in Spanish. We have not been able to find culturally appropriate information for carb counting, especially for foods like tamales, atole, etc...for our type 1 Spanish-speaking population. Is anybody able to share some information? Are you finding the same challenges?

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    As an AADE member, you can join in to one of these conversations, or start your own! Log in today to find out about the topics being discussed in AADE’s Communities of Interest, Practice Area Groups, and in discussion forums across the nation.