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Learning the LNG Lingo

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Let’s talk LNGs This month we are breaking down a very commonly used abbreviation among ADCES Connect, but one that not everyone is familiar with. Keep reading to learn more about Local Networking Groups (LNGs), how to choose the LNG for you, tips for getting the most out of your membership, and recent news from your leaders. What is an LNG? LNG is the acronym for Local Networking Group. LNGs are responsible for education, networking, and community connections at a local level versus statewide. It allows for more intimate gatherings and connections with colleagues in similar communities. How many LNGs are there? Currently, the Texas ...
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Breaking Down Barriers for Medication Administration Lourdes Cross, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES Sullivan University College of Pharmacy University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY Approximately half of patients with type 2 diabetes are unable to achieve glycemic goals. 1 It is estimated that only 50% of patients take their medications as prescribed, which can contribute to increased morbidity, mortality, healthcare costs, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations. 2 Therefore, it is important to recognize and minimize factors that may introduce barriers to medication administration. This blog addresses some barriers for taking medications appropriately ...
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ADCES election - VOTE!

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Hello CB members! Just a friendly reminder that it is time to vote in the ADCES election. The process is quick and easy when you use the link emailed to you a few weeks ago. It is important that your voice be heard. When you cast your vote, I ask that you consider voting for Lisa Hodgson, RD, CDN, CDCES, ADCES Treasurer for President-elect. Lisa served as Member Affiliates Liaison in 2018 and 2019 and has been our board liaison for the past three years. In this role, Lisa works closely with our CB members and leaders by regularly communicating about ADCES activities and supporting our CB if questions or concerns come up. If Lisa is elected, she will ...
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Hello, everyone. Please see the below urgent request from a University of Iowa student. She is requesting blinded (no patient info) data regarding goal completion for DSMT program participants, in specific Iowa counties . Please email Sydney directly ( sydney-tylke@uiowa.edu ) with any information you can provide for her. She needs this info by September 16, 2020. I would like data on the number and proportion of DSMES participants that achieved ADCES health goals (lowered A1C levels, foot checks, eye exams, % of body weight reduction, whatever was measured, etc). I request data from DSMES programs in the following counties: Des Moines, Mills, ...
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As we move into September, the promise of autumn is just around the corner. This is my favorite time of the year – the weather starts to cool, the leaves turn amazing colors and the idea of curling up with a good book under a soft blanket is so appealing! With autumn on the way, this is a great time to encourage outdoor activity and enjoyment of the season. Here are 5 diabetes-friendly things I encourage you to get out and do this autumn: Take a nature walk to enjoy the sights and smells of changing leaves. Enjoy the break from heat and humidity and go out and take a scenic nature walk. You do not have to go far – around your own neighborhood can ...
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This is a re-post of a blog posted on the website of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I had the privilege of attending and testifying in front of the committee working on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Here is a brief on a letter that was sent to the committee by the American Medical Association. We are hoping the guidelines are more culturally sensitive and state that meat and dairy products are optional. In response to the Scientific Report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), the American Medical Association has reiterated its call for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fight racial health disparities ...
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Do Mobile Applications Lower A1C in People with Diabetes? Jarred Rosenberg, WNEU COPHS PharmD candidate 2020 Tiffany Truong, WNEU COPHS PharmD candidate 2020 When it comes to managing multiple disease states and complex medication regimens, diabetes is one that poses many hardships for patients. One reason for this is medication nonadherence, which is a major public health issue within the United States and contributes to an estimated 125,000 annual deaths 1 There are many ways to improve adherence, such as conventional pill boxes, cook timers, and sticky notes; however, with the advancement of technology, mobile applications are now a tangible and ...
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This month we welcome Bernadette Asias-Dinh and Taylor Jaramillo as our guest contributors. Bernadette is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. Her practice site is at Vecino Health Centers – Denver Harbor Family Clinic which is an FQHC in Northeast Houston. As an ambulatory care pharmacy specialist, she provides collaborative drug therapy management and education for diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco cessation, and anticoagulation. Taylor is a fourth year pharmacy student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She intends to pursue a PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy residency in one of her areas ...
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Many of us were excited to hear CMS was changing the requirements for Medicare patients to qualify for a continuous glucose monitor during Covid times. Unfortunately, the adjustments weren’t as significant as we were hoping. Here is an update on how the CGM companies and distributors are interpreting the new guidelines: Telehealth video appointments are now accepted Medicare is paying the provider the same rate for a telehealth appointment as they would an in-person appointments Patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 do not have to meet the requirements (4+ BG/day and 3+ injections/day or a pump) to receive a Dexcom. However, to continue ...
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ADCES 2020 is certainly one for the History books! This year there were a lot of firsts. First virtual meeting, first opportunity to view ALL of the speakers/sessions, education theatres, vendor chats, hands-on sessions and posters at your convenience. Lots of outstanding information and CEs for one incredibly low price and plenty of time to fit into your schedule. As a person who does not identify as being “Tech Savvy” I found that ADCES made the transition to the virtual experience seamless, and that I was well prepared, to download the App, do the System check, experience the tutorial and the CE follow-up. Navigating through the Virtual platform was smooth ...
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The ADCES Advocacy Committee will be hosting our quarterly Advocacy Townhall conference call on Tuesday, September 29 11:00am PT/1:00pm CT/ 2:00pm ET. Learn more about ADCES Advocacy Week and register to participate in ADCES’ 2020 Virtual Public Policy Forum (September 30) and Virtual Hill Day (October 5 and 6). There is no need to sign-up. This call is open to all ADCES advocates who want to hear updates, ask questions, and talk about advocacy. Our next Advocacy Townhall will take place on Tuesday, November 17, where we’ll conduct a State Advocacy Workshop! Mark You Calendars. Below is the call info: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1 312-319-1605 ...
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CMS Removes Restrictions around RNs and Pharmacists Furnishing DSMT via Telehealth In early August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued updated guidance clarifying that accredited and recognized diabetes self-management training (DSMT) programs, eligible to bill Medicare Part B directly for DSMT services, may furnish and bill for DSMT services provided via telehealth during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Adding DSMT programs to list of “professionals” eligible to provide telehealth services removes the final regulatory barriers preventing registered nurses (RNs) and pharmacists from furnishing DSMT services ...
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I bet that you are excited about the upcoming ADCES20...only a few days away! I feel like a kid at Christmas waiting to open presents. As diabetes care and education specialists, we fill our toolkits through the knowledge and skills we gain through the ADCES conferences each year, and this year will be no exception. So, you may not immediately identify the connection between building your advocacy (for persons with diabetes and our specialty) skills and knowledge through ADCES20. No worries. I will share with you the connection. An easy place to start is at the ADCES booth in the virtual exhibit hall. There, you’ll find some great resources and tools ...
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ADCES Advocacy Week and Virtual 2020 Public Policy Forum September 29- October 6, 2020 Due to the pandemic, ADCES has shifted its annual in-person Public Policy Forum, originally scheduled for May 2020, to a virtual event. The good news? Since we are going virtual, ADCES is able to open up this event to all ADCES members! Additionally, the 2020 Virtual Public Policy Forum will take place during ADCES’ Advocacy Week kicking off on Tuesday September 29. During ADCES’ Advocacy Week, we’ll provide opportunities for ADCES members to learn about what’s happening on Capitol Hill and discuss important issues. We will also be hosting a “Hill Day” on ...
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Author: Caroline Trapp, DNP, ANP-BC, CDCES, DIPACLM, FAANP Director, Diabetes Education & Care Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Thank you, Denise, for inviting me to write for the Plant-Based Nutrition COI! Since 2010, I’ve had the privilege of working with many citizens of the Navajo Nation to address diabetes. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the United States. The people of the Navajo Nation, based in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, have also been especially hard hit by COVID-19, in large part because of preexisting diabetes, as well as factors that make the spread of the virus difficult ...
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Diabetes on the Go with V-Go ® Elizabeth Klejna, WNEU COPHS PharmD candidate 2020 Caitlyn Efendioglu, WNEU COPHS PharmD candidate 2020 In 2012, Valeritas, Inc. introduced V-Go ® , a daily patch-like insulin delivery system that continuously delivers insulin throughout the day for people aged 21 years or older. Since being brought to market, Valeritas, Inc. was acquired by Zealand Pharma, a Copenhagen-based biotechnology company. 1 V-Go ® is not an insulin pump but rather an insulin delivery system. It provides insulin in two ways, similar to how the body provides insulin: it provides a steady rate of basal insulin and provides additional bolus ...
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This month we welcome a guest blogger, Quisha Umemba, MPH, BSN, RN, CDCES, CHWI. The Founder of Umemba Health LLC, Quisha is a Registered Nurse with a Masters degree in Public Health. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a Certified Lifestyle Coach, and a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor. As an educator and consultant, Quisha works with community organizations, social service agencies, government agencies and healthcare systems to help them prevent and manage chronic disease in their patient populations. Having developed, implemented, and overseen numerous health initiatives and community collaborations, Quisha noticed a ...
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Hello, Illinois Diabetes Care and Education Specialists. I am excited to give some updates around the ADCES 2020 meeting along with free CE opportunities coming to our IL membership. As we continue to navigate unprecedented times, ADCES is working to make ADCES 2020 an engaging educational experience. The event will be held Friday, August 13th through Sunday, August 16th. Each day of the conference will have a corresponding theme. These will include: Clinical Integration Day, Racial Equity Day, Technology Day, and Behavioral Health Day. The combination of live and on-demand events will offer up to 31.5 CE hours. Disciplines included are nurses, registered dietitians, ...
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Metformin Recalls

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​ Metformin has been the first line agent for the treatment of type 2 diabetes for many years. Thinking about the hundreds of thousands of people on this drug and even more that will be potentially placed on it, the question of what to do if your medication has been recalled comes to light. Metformin is safe and generally well tolerated, but the recall brings new concerns of shortages and its potential impact. Recently, metformin extended release (ER) tablets were part of a recall as a precautionary measure due to the limit of NDMA in the products. NDMA, otherwise known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine, is an organic compound that is indirectly made during manufacturing ...
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