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You may have already been offering a form of diabetes education at your facility and are wondering about taking that next step. Getting accredited takes some time but is has several benefits that will increase the value not only to your organization, but to the individuals it serves.

FAQs

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  • What are the benefits of accreditation?

    • Most entities seek accreditation for one or more of the following reasons: 
    • To be able to bill Medicare for outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT)
    • To put a structure around the services they are providing
    • To market services as being of high quality and meeting national standards.
  • How do I know if my program is eligible to apply for accreditation?

    A DSMT program is eligible for accreditation if it provides “out-patient” services that have fully implemented the National Standards for DSMES.  The program must already be up and running and you must have taken at least one participant through your program from beginning to completion (based on your definition of completion).  Your target population’s needs should be considered as you decide on your definition.  If you can design your program to match your population’s needs as closely as possible, you will be more successful.  Here are a few examples of definition of completion (best to base on attendance and not achievement of goals): 

    1. completed their individualized, agreed upon education plan

    2. attended an individual assessment and at least 2 group sessions

    3. completed the initial assessment, all 4 group sessions, and one follow-up
  • What is the cost to apply?

    Our pricing is for a 4-year accreditation period. You can find details here.
  • Why should I obtain accreditation through AADE?

    AADE is one of two National Accrediting Organizations for CMS.  As the only organization dedicated solely to diabetes education, AADE has the expertise and resources to support DSMT programs. 

    AADE’s DEAP includes program flexibility, multi-site accreditation, a simple fee structure and an online application with the ability to upload your supporting documents. 

    DEAP not only supports sites in traditional settings but has expanded to add community-based settings.

    AADE provides free webinars for DEAP coordinators with the ability to earn continuing education credits toward the required number of hours.

    AADE offers members a forum for Quality Coordinators to network with each other online (for AADE members only) 

    AADE provides one year of free membership with full benefits at the time of accreditation and reaccreditation.  You can find a summary of benefits here

    The free membership is given to one individual in the accredited program and is not transferable if the individual leaves.

Additional Resources

National Standards and Interpretive Guidance 

All accredited programs must meet the same National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management and Support (DSMES).  The Standards are updated at a minimum every five years in a joint effort by CMS, ADCES, and ADA.  Check here to find the most recent published standards and here for the latest version of ADCES’s Interpretive Guidance for implementing the standards.

Billing and Reimbursement

Accreditation is required in order to bill Medicare and other payers for DSMES (CMS refers to it as DSMT or DSME/T).

Before diving right in to accreditation, become knowledgeable about the billing and reimbursement requirements. You will find frequently asked questions about billing and reimbursement for DSMT here. ADCES members can also gets answers from our Reimbursement Expert.

National Resources

The CDC has a DSMES toolkit you may find helpful. 

The following are links to references for Medicare coverage and reimbursement information pertaining to DSMT:

Ready to apply? 

Head here when you're prepared to start the application process.

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