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It's Almost Time for AADE16

AADE16 will be here in just a few days and we couldn’t be more excited to see many of you in San Diego! With a record-breaking 3,400+ professional attendees and more than 190 exhibitors, AADE16 is shaping up to be one of the best conferences yet.

There are many exciting opportunities to learn and connect with fellow educators at the conference. There are more than 100 educational sessions to choose from, five educational tracks plus two specialized days dedicated to type 1 diabetes and prediabetes, four preconference courses, 12 product theaters, three corporate symposia, a total of 31 CE up for grabs, evening events, plus much more.

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With all of these great options, you may be wondering how to maximize your experience while onsite. Start by making a plan. Browse the AADE16 Session Planner and download the mobile app from your smartphone’s app store (search AADE16) to explore the educational sessions and bookmark your favorites. Then, review the exhibitor list and exhibit hall layout (available online and in the app). The exhibit hall can be daunting with so many rows of products and technologies, so it will be helpful to know who’s exhibiting where to prioritize which booths to hit first.

While you are collecting CE, make sure you are connecting with your colleagues as well! Post on the AADE16 forum on MY AADE NETWORK. Find out who is attending from your area, or even find a roommate to save on hotel room expenses. Also, make plans to check out the all-attendee evening events.

This is just a snapshot of all the education and fun to be had in San Diego at AADE16. For complete details, click here.

If you haven’t registered yet, there is still time! Visit the registration page today.

See you in San Diego!


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DEAP Program Awarded for Spanish-language Brochure

By: Anto Ayinikal Paul, DSME Program Coordinator

clear langOn May 10, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Network Division of Nursing (ACN-Nursing) received the Center for Plain Language’s 2016 Clear Mark Award for the best Spanish brochure for DSME: Healthy Eating booklet.

The Center for Plain Language is a non-profit organization created to help government agencies, organizations and businesses write clearly. The Healthy Eating brochure was developed by the ACN Multidisciplinary Patient Education Committee for our Spanish-speaking patients with diabetes to help them manage their biggest challenge eating a healthy diet.

The Multidisciplinary Patient Education Committee was established in 2011 and is led by ACN-Nursing. This committee’s primary goal is to enhance population health and keep our community healthy.

In picture from left to right: Multidisciplinary Patient Education Team: Process owner: Lovely Varghese FNP-BC, MSN Director-ACN-Nursing, Chair: Yesenia Cabral RN, BSN; Davina Prabhu MHA-VP, Ambulatory Care Network NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Anto Paul RN-BC, MSN, CDE; DSME Program Coordinator, Co-Chair: Denise Marquez RN, BSN.




FDA Clears the Way for CGM-based Treatment Decisions

On July 21, an FDA panel voted in favor of removing the requirement that Dexcom G5 CGM users must also use a blood glucose monitoring result in addition to a CGM result when making insulin dosing decisions off the CGM label. Next the issue goes to the full FDA for a final ruling.

AADE joined Diabetes Online Community members like DiaTribe and the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC) who have fought for over a year to get this passed.  AADE supports this policy change.

Currently, anyone using a CGM device must use a blood glucose meter in addition to their CGM device for insulin dosage decisions. However, having data from a CGM device provides a more complete picture of a person’s blood glucose and has historically been more accurate than blood glucose meters.

If approved by the FDA, this ruling would dramatically improve access to quality care. Doctors would be allowed to prescribe CGM devices for dosing decisions (currently, doing this is an off-label use). The ruling would also clear the way for FDA approval of other CGM no-fingerstick devices and encourage tech innovations in the future.

Stay tuned as we wait for a final ruling from the FDA and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information on these and other developments.



Meet Jenny Drenkard: AADE/CWD Fellow

AADE partnered with Children With Diabetes (CWD) this year to create the AADE/CWD Fellows Program. The program brings diabetes educators to the Friends For Life (FFL) conference to help them experience type 1 diabetes in the real world, and learn from faculty about caring for people affected by type 1 diabetes. It gives the fellow a chance to see diabetes through a different viewpoint: that of the family and the person with diabetes. The fellowship is designed to aid educators in providing more quality service to their patients through a better understanding of their experience with type 1 diabetes.

This year’s fellow, Jenny Drenkard, BSN, RN, CDE is a diabetes nurse educator and diabetes education program coordinator for the outpatient diabetes education program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Jenny's was passionate reflection of her experience at CWD is below:

"I am an early career educator active on my AADE local networking board (Capitol ADE) who is very motivated to become involved in diabetes education leadership on a local and national level. Much of my diabetes education clinical experience has focused on adults with diabetes, and as such, I felt a need to expand my knowledge and exposure to the arena of type 1 diabetes, particularly in children.
The opportunity to attend the Friends For Life conference through this fellowship offered me a chance to grow professionally and build my experience and comfort with patients with type 1 diabetes and their families. I also benefited from the networking opportunity and introduction to leaders in the field of diabetes education. I appreciate being considered for this wonderful honor!"


AADE16 Annual Conference

Are You Ready for a Job in Industry?

By: Linda Parks, MS, RN, CDE and Laurel Fuqua, RN, MSN, CMC
Members of AADE's Diabetes Educators in Industry COI

ThinkstockPhotos-521548648We are excited about AADE16’s theme: “Embrace Change, Strengthen Our Future, Celebrate.” It seems that working in health care, we are bombarded with changes which have a direct impact on our personal goals and career paths. Have you considered how our rapidly changing healthcare landscape impacts your current role and even more importantly, your future career goals? Do you find yourself at a career crossroads or perhaps think about where a career in diabetes education can take you? We certainly have!

We have been fortunate to land on career paths that have resulted in some very interesting, challenging, fun and rewarding experiences in the diabetes field. Some of this happened by design, and some happened by being in the right place at the right time, with a sprinkling of luck and willingness to take a risk. One thing has held constant for all of us: our industry experience has offered us different skills that we can use in industry or take back to a clinical setting and be better leaders with business and marketing skills that benefit the diabetes care workplace.

We can all rejoice that there are many choices available today for diabetes educators and that these opportunities are growing exponentially. But, what are these opportunities exactly and where can they be found? What is causing them to occur? What skill sets are required to get hired? How does one prepare for and go after these industry jobs?

man-graphic-2A panel of seasoned diabetes educators from various industry vantage points will discuss these important questions and others at one of the five new Community of Interest (CQI) Spotlight Sessions. Our COI, Diabetes Educators in Industry, focuses on collaboration and the development of members who are working in, working with or interested in working within the diabetes industry. This spotlight session is on Sunday, August 14 at 9:15 AM D01 - "Where the Industry Jobs Are and The Skills You Need to Land Them." It will feature a four-person panel, including the two of us and two other diabetes educators who work in industry, Susan LaRue, RD, CDE and Richard Peng, MS, MBA, RCEP, CDE. In planning this session we realized that between the four of us, we have over 100 years experience in the diabetes and health care field!

If you haven’t registered for AADE16 yet, there is still time! Learn more about this session along with all AADE16 has to offer.



Patient Resources

New Tip Sheets Offer Suggestions for Improving Medication Adherence

fostering_med_adherence_ThumbnailEnsuring that medications are taken as prescribed can seem like a never-ending challenge. To help make it more manageable, AADE has created a series of tip sheets on medication adherence for both diabetes educators and people with diabetes.

For educators, the tip sheet provides some creative suggestions on broaching the topic, offer ways to spot those who may not take their medication as prescribed. There is also a checklist to ensure key questions are discussed and topics addressed.

For people with diabetes, the tip sheet briefly covers the importance of taking medications as prescribed and discuss the roles of various providers and offer strategies for remembering to take medicines as prescribed. Like the provider tip sheets, we offer a checklist for patients. Stay tuned for Spanish versions, which will be coming soon.

These tip sheets were developed with an independent grant from Merck. We thank them for their generosity.



Professional Development

Last Call: Core Concepts Course, San Diego

San-Diego-CCC-Banner_no-palmAs you’ve probably heard by now, CORE Concepts Course is heading to the west coast this summer! For the first time, this CDE® prep course is co-located with AADE16 in San Diego, Friday August 12 through Monday, August 15.

What does this mean for you?

It means you get four days dedicated to all things diabetes education to help get you ready for the exam. After the course, you will have online access to additional resources such as extra study materials, CDE practice exam questions and online slides from the course.

During the course, you will have complimentary access to the AADE16 exhibit hall so you can browse the latest and greatest in diabetes education products and technologies during your lunch breaks. As a CORE Concepts attendee, you even have the chance to attend the AADE16 General Sessions before the course begins each morning. All this plus a chance to explore sunny San Diego!




DSME Preconference Course Debuts at AADE16

Now that you’re operating a successful diabetes education program, do you find yourself asking what else you can do to make your program stand out? Attend the debut Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program on Thursday, August 11 in San Diego, a preconference course at AADE16.

This course covers the six essential components of a DSME program business plan, and offers strategies for monitoring and reporting DSME outcomes to providers. Upon completion, you will be able to skillfully navigate an onsite or Medicare audit and to create your own, personalized marketing and financial plans to increase referrals.

As an added bonus, you will earn 8 CE before AADE16 even begins and get the opportunity to explore San Diego in your free time.

Take your existing program to the next level and sign up today.

Please note you will be taken to the AADE16 Annual Conference Registration site to register for preconference courses. Log in, or create an account and when completing the registration form, select Sustaining Your Diabetes Education Program listed in the "Preconference" section. This preconference course requires a separate registration fee from the conference, but you do not need to register for AADE16 to take the preconference course.


Diabetes Prevention Program Update

AADE Sites Gain Full CDC Recognition

National Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) across the nation are teaching participants to make lasting lifestyle changes. These organizations are working to reduce the burden of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes with an evidence-based lifestyle change program to reduce participants’ risk of type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

A key part of the National DPP is its versatility because it can be delivered in-person, or online with similar results.

The CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program’s (DPRP) purpose is to recognize programs which have shown they can effectively deliver a proven lifestyle change program. Nationwide, there are 928 DPRP sites, 44 of which are AADE’s DPP DPRP sites.

Fully Recognized DPRP sites are those that demonstrate program effectiveness by achieving all the standards set by DPRP. As of July 2016, there were about 60 Fully Recognized DPRP sites. Out of these about 50 percent were DSME programs. AADE DPP make up about 25 percent of all Fully Recognized programs. These statistics demonstrate the success of our model of implementing the National DPP within DSME programs.

For more information on the standards and recognition, please visit the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.

AADE would like to announce the following DPP sites that obtained full recognition through the CDC's DPRP in June:

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  • Diabetes Learning Center of Mon General Hospital
  • Holland Hospital
  • Medical Network One Health Solutions
  • The Chester County Hospital
  • Williamson Medical Center

These sites demonstrated their capacity to deliver a quality program and support individuals with prediabetes in making achievable and realistic lifestyle changes that help to cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.



AADE's Industry Allies Council

Stop by IAC Member Exhibits on the Show Floor

While you're at AADE16 in San Diego, be sure to stop by and see our Industry Allies Council members on the exhibit floor!

Ascensia Diabetes Care #105
AstraZeneca #319
BD Diabetes Care #519
Colgate-Palmolive #1435
Health Monitor Network #1037
Insulet #829
Jenny Craig #1239
Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Solutions Companies #1027
Lilly USA #405
Medtronic #704
Merk #1117
Novo Nordisk #917
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals #1518
Roche Diabetes Care #619
Sanofi #1226
Tate & Lyle #1505




Membership Update

Do a Member "Discount Double-Check"

Are you taking advantage of numerous member discounts that can potentially save you money? Don’t miss out! Take a moment to review the professional courtesy discounts offered as part of your AADE membership benefit package.

Among the available discounts include:

insurance-policy-handLiability Insurance

Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HSPO) offers medical malpractice/professional liability insurance and risk management information for physical therapists, pharmacists, EMTs, dental hygienists, athletic trainers, medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and many other healthcare professionals.

GEICO Insurance Plans


As an AADE member you may qualify for an exclusive member savings opportunity. New GEICO policyholders report an average annual savings of $500. GEICO is also able to help you find additional coverage such as homeowners, renters, boat, personal umbrella and even motorcycle insurance.

Car Rental Discounts

Alamo offers members up to 10 percent off, unlimited mileage and a wide selection of quality vehicles including luxury cars, SUVs and minivans. Hertz offers special year-round discounts on daily, weekly, weekend and monthly rentals.

Learn more.


The Heat is On...Announcing the AADE Summer Membership Referral Contest

membership_champSummer’s in full swing and so is AADE’s Summer Member Referral Contest, where you have a chance at winning a free AADE membership.

To enter the contest, refer a member to join by completing this brief form. Once they join, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a free AADE membership. Keep in mind you can refer multiple members, so for each referral who joins, you will receive a separate entry.

Five free memberships will be awarded at the end of the contest. They can be used to either extend your membership or can be provided to a colleague to join!

This is your opportunity to help a colleague join the leading organization for diabetes educators while giving yourself a chance at winning a free membership. Join the more than 200 member champions who have referred a member since the beginning of 2015.


July/August 2016


August 12-14: AADE16 Annual Conference