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Understanding and Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a diabetes care and education specialist, you are the front line of care for individuals affected by diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. Coronavirus (COVID-19), like other viruses, can cause serious complications for people with underlying conditions, especially in those with existing cardiovascular disease, COPD, or diabetes, and the elderly. It’s critical that you take the appropriate steps to work with clients to follow proper CDC guidance:

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  issued and continues to renew the Public Health Emergency (PHE) which has allowed the Secretary to temporarily waive or modify certain Medicare requirements. Under this “1135 waiver,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has offered telehealth flexibilities and dramatically changed how beneficiaries and healthcare professionals utilize telehealth. To view the current PHE extension information, click here. The Secretary has indicated that they will provide at least 60-days notice before ending the PHE. ADCES will keep members informed of the status of and updates related to the PHE.

CMS continues to provide updates via the Waivers Information Web Resource, broadening and clarifying what healthcare professionals can bill for and how they can best serve clients. ADCES has also created its own FAQ guidance document: 

Telehealth & DSMT: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions During the Temporary Telehealth Flexibilities 1135 Waiver *updated 11/12/20* 

Under the current 1135 telehealth waiver, find out who can currently bill for DSMT via telehealth, how to report DSMT furnished by phone or telehealth and what other services are impacted.

Telehealth Start-Up Resources

Now that you can do telehealth, we've put together helpful resources to get you started, make key decisions like what technology you will use, offer tips for onboarding your patients and help you through the reimbursement maze.



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Podcast Episode: Managing COVID-19 in the Inpatient & Outpatient Setting

Episode Summary
COVID-19 continues to have a major impact on care in and out of the hospital. In this episode, Jane Seley and Amisha Wallia discuss their recent research on inpatient and outpatient management of COVID-19, and their experience in collecting and understanding best practices for a systems-based approach to care. They also discuss vaccine hesitancy and how you can address concerns in your community.

 



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For People with Diabetes, Prediabetes & Cardiometabolic Conditions 

The coronavirus pandemic can be stressful, especially for those at higher risk of complications. The CDC recommends the following activities for healthy coping: 





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