After discussing Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) with other diabetes educators, I have decided to proceed with the accreditation process.
Patients deserve to be provided with DSME/T and if well organized, a program can remain financially viable and sustainable. AADE is helpful when it comes to guidance and providing the tools necessary to facilitate the accreditation process.
Now that I have decided to dive into this endeavor, what must I do?
First, policies and procedures must be developed based on the National Standards for DSME/T.
Second, a CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) program must be implemented, and an advisory committee established.
Third, marketing to other health care providers and the community will be crucial in having patients to which the DSME/T will be provided.
Fourth, I will apply for accreditation and beginning billing for the services provided. The sponsoring organization will be the primary care clinic in which I work and the provider number is available to bill.
Lastly, I need to maintain the program standards and submit the annual report.
With great organization and enough patients to maintain the program, our goal will be to provide the services needed by a growing population diagnosed with diabetes. I decided to purchase the AADE7 System to help track and report my patient’s behavior change outcomes and clinical indicators, and I found the price extremely reasonable and the program easy to navigate.
How many of you are contemplating acquiring DEAP? Do you feel the process is a daunting task? For those of you who have DEAP, do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share?