Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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New ICD-10 Codes for Diabetes Self-Management Training

October 1, 2015 marked the switch from ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 codes. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are used by physicians and medical coders to assign medical diagnoses and report inpatient procedures.

The new set of codes is greatly expanded from the previous version, allowing for more specificity in diagnoses. The new set uses between three and seven digits, while the old set uses between three and five. Learn more and see the codes now. For additional information about the codes, check out these resources.


News and Activities:

AADE16 Call for Submissions

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee invites you to submit an education session proposal to be considered for presentation at AADE16 in San Diego, Friday, August 12 - Monday, August 15, 2016. Presenting at the annual meeting is an excellent opportunity for you to share your knowledge, experiences and expertise with the diabetes education community. Learn more and submit a proposal.

New Nutrition Education Tool

The AADE Diabetes Goal Tracker mobile app, a tool to help people with diabetes set realistic goals and live healthier lives, has been expanded to include nutrition education and tracking. Now users can log daily food intake based on their customized profile and track key information including calories, carbs, sodium and total fat. Other features help users understand how foods can affect blood glucose, allow them to visualize nutrition intake over time and even create and share diabetes-friendly recipes.

The AADE Goal Tracker mobile app was created to help people with diabetes set goals based on the AADE7™ diabetes management approaches including healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.

Share this free tool with your patients today. Available via iTunes or Google Play Store. Download now.

Thank you to Tate & Lyle for sponsoring this important enhancement.

Promoting You During National Diabetes Education Week, November 1-7

National Diabetes Education Week (NDEW) is just around the corner! Celebrated each year during the first full week in November, it’s our opportunity to generate attention for the work that you do.

This year we are planning several activities:

• Videos have become one of the best ways to tell a story. This NDEW, we’re releasing a new, animated video showcasing the benefits of working with a diabetes educator. Check out our homepage for a link.

• Patient resources are always a top requested item. A seasonal hit is our Healthy Holiday Eating tip sheet. Because it was heavily requested, with the help of Tu Diabetes and Diabetes Hands Foundation, we’ve recreated it in Spanish.

• We also plan to launch an initiative to bring attention to all the diabetes educators championing change within their organizations and possibly even within their coordinating bodies and COIs. We’re going to ask all of you to think about the change champions you know and nominate them to be profiled. Stay tuned for more on that.

Celebrate with us on Twitter or Instagram using #ProudDE. Be sure to check our Facebook page for daily updates on all these activities and more.


Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach Trainings

This fall, AADE's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is offering two Lifestyle Coach (LSC) trainings in Chicago, IL. Each two-day training will be held at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Chicago in Downtown Chicago.

Register soon, as these are open to all and will fill up fast!

• November 19-20, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
• December 9-10, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Members: $749 | Nonmembers: $849

To book a sleeping room, call 312.558.1020 and mention you are a participant of the AADE DPP meeting.

Call for BC-ADM Item Writers

By: Nancy Stonis, MJ, BSN, RN
Practice Manager, Accreditation

AADE is once again looking for item writers to draft questions for the 2016 BC-ADM exam. Many of you have participated in the past and I want to personally thank you. Some of you who newly hold the BC-ADM, congratulations, we would like your input as well. Your assistance will be instrumental in the development of future exams.

The training is targeted for mid January 2016. Writers will design and submit the required items on their own time, however, we ask that all test items be submitted within four to six weeks of training. Training session and submission of test items writing will be online, so writers will need to have internet access. AADE will provide online references to assist writers in the development of test items.

The items will be classified under the following domains: Assessment and Diagnosis, Planning and Intervention, Evaluation and Follow-Up, Leadership and Advanced Professional Practices.
Please review the information below concerning the item writing activity. If you are interested please contact Nancy Stonis. We are hoping to get started by early to mid November.

Purpose: To independently develop approximately 300 items through an online development system for AADE's BC-ADM exam.

Exam Items: The pool of 9-12 examination writers will collectively develop a total of 300 items, and each individual will be responsible for developing around 30 items.
We're looking for the following: registered dietitians, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered pharmacists, PharmDs, physician assistants and medical doctors.

Training: Writers are required to participate in a two-hour online training session on how to develop quality multiple-choice test questions online.The training is targeted for mid January 2016.
Writers are required to participate in a two-hour online training session on how to develop quality multiple-choice test questions online.

Implementation: As a thank you, AADE will provide volunteers continuing education hours toward their renewal of the BC-ADM, based on time spent writing new items.

If you have any questions regarding this examination development, please contact or 800.338.3633 ext. 4865. 

Thank you in advance for your commitment to the BC-ADM and AADE!

Congratulations, Spring BC-ADMs!

Speaking of the BC-ADM exam, congratulations to the new BC-ADMs! Meeting the stringent requirements to become a candidate for the (BC-ADM) certification exam is no easy task. Candidates must hold a current license (RN, RD, RPh/PharmD, PA, MD/DO) and posess an advanced degree, in addition to completing 500 clinical practice hours working in advanced diabetes management.

Congratulations to the healthcare professionals who achieved their BC-ADM certification this spring. This is an accomplishment worth celebrating!

Are you interested in earning your BC-ADM? The fall exam application window is open and the deadline to submit your application is November 1 (or November 15th with a late fee).

Start by reviewing the candidate handbook to make sure you meet the requirements to apply. Then, get your application in and start preparing! We have numerous tools to help you study: the new exam prep toolkit, revised practice exam and various other resources.

oin the ranks of more than 800 BC-ADMs, the experts in advanced diabetes management.


Help People with Diabetes Conquer the Grocery Store: Tip Sheet Online

conquering the grocery store tip sheet

For people with diabetes, grocery shopping can be downright overwhelming. But AADE has a new, free resource that can help them make it to the checkout.

The tip sheet “Conquering the Grocery Store” includes advice from AADE member Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, on strategies for creating a healthier shopping list, what information to look for on food labels and ways to think outside the “box.” Anyone can use it to better grocery shop, especially those who have diabetes. The tip sheet is free to download and print, and can be given to your clients or to medical practices you are working with so they can share it with patients.

The tips are part of AADE’s professional and public outreach campaign and have been sent to national media outlets to raise awareness about diabetes educators and your expertise. So far, they have been featured in the media with recent articles appearing on, and an interview with AADE member Molly McElwee-Malloy on Doctor Radio “Rehabilitative Medicine” show, Sirius XM Channel 81.

These are just some of the examples of how the Professional and Public Outreach Campaign helps advance diabetes educators’ mission. You can join AADE’s campaign and receive free resources to help you promote your practice and educate your community. To register, email with your name and contact information.


AADE15 Sessions on Demand

For those who couldn't make the trip to AADE15 in New Orleans, here is another chance to take advantage of many great education sessions that were missed. AADE15 Sessions on Demand includes 19 of the most popular sessions offered at AADE15 (worht up to 20.5 CE) and is good for six months.

Relive the empowering general sessions from keynote speakers, Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, and Ann Albright, PhD, RD. Explore culinary medicine, learn about the upcoming advances in diabetes care and much more!

Get the best of this year’s annual meeting on your own schedule. Learn now.

Brought to you by Merck, Sanofi, BD and Novo Nordisk through independent educational grants, enjoy these popular corporate symposia:*

Cardiovascular Safety of Antihyperglycemic Agents in Type 2 Diabetes: What Does Recent Clinical Trail Data Mean for Your Patients?
Analyze and assess the implications of the recent clinical trial data on cardiovascular safety for antihyperglycemic agents. Describe the role of the diabetes educator in the evidence-based medication management of patients with type 2 diabetes.

Inhaled Insulin: A Breath of Fresh Air for the Treatment of Diabetes
Review the safety and efficacy data for approved inhaled insulin and compare the PK/PD profiles to injectable rapid-acting prandial insults of those currently available. Discuss the circumstances when inhaled insulin would be an appropriate option for patients with diabetes.

The Case Elimination Challenge: Clinical Applications for the Use of Injectable Antihyperglycemic Therapies in T2DM (1.5 CE)

These recorded sessions are not included in the AADE15 Sessions on Demand package and must be purchased separately.


Two Years Running: AADE Partners on National Flu Education Program

As many diabetes educators know, people with diabetes not only have high morbidity and mortality rates from infection, but are particularly susceptible to influenza and pneumonia. The flu can be dangerous in older adults, as it can make other chronic health conditions like diabetes worse.

AADE is excited to continue its partnership this year with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) on the Flu + You campaign.

For a second year, flu ambassador and two-time Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Judith Light will help educate older adults and their caregivers about the seriousness of influenza, the importance of prevention and available vaccine options.

People with chronic health conditions, like diabetes, are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death. While the flu hits older adults the hardest, a new survey of more than 1,000 Americans 65 years of age and older found that many seniors underestimate the seriousness of the flu and are largely unaware of their vaccine options.

The survey, fielded in April 2015, found:

• Only 13% of older adults are extremely confident in their knowledge of possible flu complications.
• Around one third are unaware someone with chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes would be at risk for complications from the flu.
• More than half (57%) are unaware there is a flu shot specifically for their age group.
• Only 8% are concerned about getting the flu, despite high hospitalization rates in seniors. This highlights the need for further education about the seriousness of the flu.

According to the CDC, the single best way to prevent the flu is to get an annual vaccination. It is estimated that during the 2013-2014 flu season, nearly 50,000 hospitalizations were averted due to vaccination in those 65 years of age and older.

Older adults have flu vaccine options – including the regular flu shot and a higher-dose vaccine. Flu vaccination is a Medicare benefit with no copay. Flu + You will host educational events for older adults in cities across the country to raise awareness and encourage people to take action against the flu by getting vaccinated. Check out the program website,, if you or anyone you know is interested in these events. Also available are educational materials, including a survey fact sheet, a public service announcement, infographics, a campaign brochure and more information on the survey, which can be shared, downloaded and/or printed.

Flu + You is an educational program from the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur.

• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Diabetes & the Flu.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications.
• Kelton Global. National Council on Aging Survey in Collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur.
• CDC. Estimated Influenza Illnesses and Hospitalizations Averted by Influenza Vaccination – United States, 2013-14 Influenza Season.


DEAP Renewed for Six More Years

AADE has been re approved 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.

“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. Learn more.

One Workshop, Two Great Topics

Mark your calendars for the final diabetes education workshop of the year, Building Your Diabetes Education Program- “Everything You Need to Know and More”: November 6-7 in Phoenix, AZ.

Attendees will spend the whole first day of the workshop brainstorming ways to build or improve their diabetes education programs. On the second day, attendees will explore the emerging realm of the National DPP. Participants will walk away with a binder full of samples to use in their own practices, as well as 10 CE. Learn more.

Plan Ahead for Live Webinars

Use this monthly schedule to plan ahead for your favorite live webinars.

2015 Upcoming Schedule:

October 21: *free to AADE members*
Patient-Centered Care: DSME Algorithm
Learn about the new diabetes self-management education and support algorithm of care for adults with type 2 diabetes and how to incorporate in your diabetes education practice to achieve better patient-centered care. This algorithm was released in a joint position paper from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and AADE in June 2015.

November 4:
Gestational Diabetes Update
Review the current state of recommendations and guidelines for gestational diabetes treatment and prevention.

November 18:
Increasing Provider Referrals
Learn tips and tricks to spreading the word about your diabetes education program to increase your referrals.

All topics and dates are subject to change. See the complete schedule.

Let AADE Help You Connect with Peers

With more than 14,000 members, AADE provides you access to a network of diabetes educators like no other organization. You have unlimited opportunities to connect with and learn from other healthcare professionals who share your passion for helping people with diabetes. Whether you’re looking for alternative treatments, seeking career advice, asking for referrals or simply looking to get to know more of your peers, AADE is your go-to resource.

Here are a few of the ways AADE helps you connect:

MY AADE NETWORK: This members-only, online resource facilitates networking with diabetes educators across the country. Participate in Communities of Interest to engage in discussions regarding specific professional practice areas.

Coordinating Body/Local Networking Group Events: More than 300 AADE events are held throughout the year at the local and state level. Use MY AADE NETWORK to find out which activities are taking place in your region and get connected with your peers in your area.

Annual Meeting: The premier event for diabetes educators, AADE’s Annual Meeting brings together more than 3,000 healthcare professionals to connect, collaborate and learn from each other. Thanks to significantly discounted member pricing and lower overall registrations fees, AADE16 is an affordable must-attend event. Plan on attending AADE16 next summer, August 12-15 in San Diego, CA.

Member Directory: Your membership provides you with exclusive access to the AADE Member Directory. Use this resource to connect with fellow diabetes educators or reconnect with old colleagues.

Career Center: No matter what stage of your career, turn to the AADE Career Center to search for diabetes educator positions or to post openings at your organization.

Join Your Peers in Referring Members

AADE thanks all of the members who participated in the Summer Referral Contest. Join them in being a champion of your association and take part in the new Fall Referral Contest now.

Share the experience of being a part of the only multidisciplinary association dedicated to diabetes education with your friends and colleagues. To enter the contest, simply refer a friend or colleague by completing this brief online form. When the person you refer joins AADE, you’ll automatically be entered into a monthly drawing to win a prize.