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Integrating the Clinical and Self-Management
Aspects of Care

While self-management education and support will always be at the heart of what diabetes educators do, it isn’t all they do. Diabetes educators 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. 




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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 educators 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 educator, 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
15.5 CE

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.

Online Course: CQI for DSMES Programs
2.5 CE

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.

Recorded Webinar: 2017 Revision of the National Standards for DSMES
1.5 CE. 90 minutes

Updated every 5 years, do a deep dive into the most recent version, learn how to implement them and avoid common pitfalls.

Recorded Webinar: 2019 ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes
1.5 CE. 90 minutes

Review the latest updates from the perspective of diabetes education. 

Recorded Webinar: Annual Reimbursement Update for 2019
1.5 CE. 90 minutes

Learn about new changes to reimbursement for DSMES and DPP and review the Final CMS 2019 Payment rules.

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AADE19 – Houston on August 9-12, 2019 – had multiple sessions that addressed population health and the intersection of the clinical and self-management aspects of diabetes. The conference is now ended by recorded versions will be released in October. Please check back then. 

AADE’s Vision of the Future for the Specialty Offers Opportunities to Ride the Population Health Wave demonstrates how embracing the population health framework can help diabetes educators to better define and expand their roles, as well as drive positive disease outcomes.

Articulating Your Program’s Value in Evolving Models of Care will give you the tools to demonstrate how you improve outcomes and save money.

Population Health: Putting it into Practice offers a framework and case studies demonstrating how diabetes educators have changed their practice to thrive in a value-based care landscape.

Leveraging Digital Health to Expand Diabetes Health Services for Value-based Care will show 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.

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