Evidence-Based Diabetes Management | December 2016

Evidence-Based Diabetes Management

The 2015 joint statement of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics called for diabetes self-management education and support at 4 distinct points: at diagnosis, at annual assessments, when complications arise, and at transitions.
For several years, the American Association of Diabetes Educators has been collecting evidence that shows that diabetes self-management training programs meeting its accreditation standards warrant coverage by public and private insurers.
The American Association of Diabetes Educators has offered extensive comments to CMS on how Medicare reimbursement of the Diabetes Prevention Program should occur, so that community groups offering the program financially thrive.
Diabetes educators are well-positioned to help accountable care organizations meet their business, healthcare, and financial goals. The emphasis on primary care in treating chronic disease calls for an increased emphasis on diabetes educators to achieve better healthcare outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office mostly concurs with CMS on a dispute over problems with the Medicare competitive bidding program, following an explosive study in Diabetes Care that found beneficiaries lost access to key supplies.
A leading diabetes educator discusses how the role of nutrition has evolved and how payers can do more to promote the role of education in helping patients improve their diets.
Glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes was improved through a shared medical appointment program focusing on lifestyle education and behavior change.

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