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Diving into the DEAP

May 26, 2015

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?


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  1. Jul 14, 2011

    i have just submitted all of my material to the committee to get accredited. I currently own my own pharmacy, so this is really just going to be an extra service for our patients and we hope to gain some new patients with the program. I felt DEAP was very daunting in that it was sort of vague so that you had to conform it to your own program. That is what took me the longest amount of time. After I taught a few patients for free, it all seemed to come together and I understood things a lot better.
  2. Jun 28, 2011

    This is excellant news Iris, the Rio Grande Valley is in need of more DSME/T programs and I am glad to hear you are going with the DEAP program. I agree that the system support is a wonderful benefit
  3. Jun 23, 2011

    Iris- Our group contemplated recognition/accreditation for many years. Fear of the unknown is the biggest issue we dealt with. When AADE's DEAP came along we decided to take the plunge too. The staff at AADE are the best. We were full of questions and they had the answers. They helped guide us all along the way. One printed guiding force was the National Standards, Essential Elements and Interpretive Guidance. This tool is available through AADE and it was a great help to interpret the National Standards. We took the plunge and sent in the application with the attachments using the on line process in November 2010 and we received the approval for accreditation in December after a site visit. So come on in, the water is fine!

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