Practice Resources

Integrating the Clinical and Self-Management
Aspects of Care

While self-management education and support will always be at the heart of what diabetes care and education specialists do, it isn’t all they do. Diabetes care and education specialists are positioned to serve as the hub of the diabetes care team, integrating both the clinical and self-management aspects of care and offering care that is seamless and holistic. 

From the Podcast


Population health provides a mechanism to improve health outcomes for a group of individuals while providing high-quality, efficient and cost-effective care — all important outcomes as healthcare transitions from a fee-for-service model towards value-based care. 2018 AADE President Donna Ryan breaks down population health into practical applications that any provider can begin implementing in their practice.

From the AADE Blog


Integration – The Path to Increasing Value and Recognition of Our Specialty

By Kellie Rodriguez, MSN, MBA, CDE 

The move to value-based healthcare, where payment is made based on achievement of required clinical outcomes, raises the multidisciplinary richness of our specialty. Clinical outcomes require the application of clinical best practice combined with an informed, skilled patient in effective self-care. There is greater recognition that success lies more with what happens with the patient in between office visits rather than at the visit.​

Embracing Population Health

Population health is a model of care that effectively integrates the clinical and self-management aspects of care and where health care is headed. Population Health will be the focus of the July 2019 issue of AADE in Practice so stay on the lookout for that. In the meantime, read AIP Editor Teresa Pearson’s take on this topic and why diabetes care and education specialists should position themselves for this shift in health care: 

Population Health: Lean in to it, by Teresa Pearson, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE

There has been a lot of buzz about population health, and some of you might be wondering what it’s all about, how it impacts you as a diabetes care and education specialist, and why AADE is so interested in it. It may seem like it came out of nowhere, but the concept is not new. It is a complex, multifaceted thing with an ambitious goal of improving the health of everyone in the country where they live, work, and play. Health plans have been engaging in population health activities for decades. Now, in efforts to meet the Triple Aim of the Affordable Care Act, payers are collaborating with providers and integrating population health principles and technologies in unprecedented ways in a collaborative strategy for both groups to enhance care delivery, control the cost of care, and work together to better the health of their communities.

Related Education 

Certificate Program: DSMES Program and Business Management Certificate
Earn a certificate in program management by completing a series of online courses on payment, CQI and program management, along with webinars on telehealth, relationship building, reimbursement and referrals. 15.5 CE

Online Course: CQI for DSMES Programs
Be able to confidently select CQI projects and implement them in a manner that meets the goals of Standard 10 of the National Standards for DSMES and improves programs services. 2.5 CE

Recorded Webinar: 2019 ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
Review the latest updates from the perspective of diabetes education. 1.5 CE. 90 minutes

Recorded Webinar: AADE’s Vision of the Future for the Specialty Offers Opportunities to Ride the Population Health Wave
Learn how embracing the population health framework can help diabetes care and education specialists to better define and expand their roles, as well as drive positive disease outcomes. 1 CE. 60 minutes

Recorded Webinar: Articulating Your Program’s Value in Evolving Models of Care 
Receive the tools you need to demonstrate how you improve outcomes and save money. 1 CE. 60 minutes

Recorded Webinar: Population Health: Putting it into Practice 
Offers a framework and case studies demonstrating how diabetes care and education specialists have changed their practice to thrive in a value-based care landscape. 1 CE. 60 minutes

Recorded Webinar: Leveraging Digital Health to Expand Diabetes Health Services for Value-based Care 
Demonstrates how using digital tools at the population health level provides patient-generated health data to support the care team members working at the top of their license and also ease provider burden. .5 CE. 30 minutes

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