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The Medicare telehealth landscape has changed dramatically in response to COVID-19. Congress and the Administration have worked together to enact a series of laws and regulations waiving many of the existing statutory and regulatory restrictions around providing healthcare services remotely or via telehealth. As these changes were taking shape, ADCES began working with its members, partner organizations, coalitions, congressional champions, and contacts at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that people with diabetes continue to have access to the services, devices, and supplies they need to self-manage their diabetes during the ...
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It is with great sadness that Michigan's Coordinating Body of ADCES has come together to write this post in honor of Betty Krauss. As many know, Betty passed away on March 9, her formal obituary is linked on our network page. Betty was many things: a mother, wife daughter, grandmother, in addition to those wonderful titles, she was also an advocate, caregiver, and educator. She was an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics- specifically the Diabetes Care & Education Practice Group, as well as the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (formerly AADE). Not only did Betty win numerous State and National Awards for her ...
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While everyone may have more time at home - take time to go ahead and submit your reimbursement scholarship application. ADCES 2020 is still on for August at last check. Submitting applications are currently due by April 17th so please consider going ahead and submitting. We want strong representation at the conference this year! Click on the link for the application: GA CB Annual Meeting Reimbursement Application 2020 final.docx (2314 k
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As things spiral into a new realm with covid-19, we are reminded even more of our responsibility to care for ourselves and the people around us. In Philadelphia, we have a mandate to stay home to help reduce the spread of a virus. I’ve heard of people developing symptoms and being gone in such a short time. It’s too fast. Every story I hear reminds me of our fragility as humans. We depend on each other to survive. I am so thankful for the healthcare team, the grocery store clerk, the truck drivers. These essentials I took for granted; I’m reminded now is a privilege. I am being provided for in big and small ways. Once you notice this, I think it’s easier ...
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As Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, we have learned how to rise to the needs of PWD and other healthcare professionals during times of disaster. While this disaster is not weather related, it is showing to be more disruptive and deadly. During this event, we can apply some of the same disaster readiness, response, and recovery skills that we have previously learned. I am hearing from some of DCES that they have been furloughed and are at home due to 'stay-at-home' orders, virtual medical visits, and even some low hospital census for non-Covid issues. As professionals, we can continue to contribute as we know we can make a difference! Due to ...
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The ADCES Advocacy Committee will be hosting our quarterly Advocacy Townhall conference call on Tuesday, April 14 11:00am PT/1:00pm CT/ 2:00pm ET. Below is the call info: Dial +1 312-319-1605 Conference ID: 729 843 333#. 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. Future townhall calls will be held on Tuesdays June 23, September 29, and November 17 at the same time. Mark your calen
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So much has changed these last few weeks with COVID-19. The need for social distancing, stay at home orders and the uncertainty of how long we will be in this extraordinary situation. I feel blessed to have the ability to work from home, but it comes with its own stressors. My stressors; however present, pale in comparison to the healthcare providers in the trenches or those that don’t even have the option to work from home. It’s important for our mental health that we stay connected emotionally while we support each other, our patients, healthcare providers and families. Zoom is a video conferencing service, that can be free for up to 40min. Skype, Google ...
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Hello, I hope that wherever you are in our great and vast universe, that you are well, safe, and secure. But we know that is not so for many others. Knowing that having diabetes puts one in a high risk category, what can you share with your patients, friends, and fellow mankind? Glucose control is the key. Hasn't it always been? What should people with diabetes do? Plan ahead of what to do to prepare for illness much the same way you plan for sick days. Keep well hydrated Monitor your blood glucose Monitor your temperature If on insulin, monitor your ketone bodies Follow the recommendations of your healthcare team Keep contact information ...
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Many of us have started more readily utilizing innovative ways to provide patient care and education since COVID-19. I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little of my telework experience. Three weeks ago I was seeing patients in clinic with advanced practice students, introductory students, and a pharmacy resident by my side. Things quickly changed as they did for many others. I found myself scrambling to complete telework training and agreements, adjusting advanced practice student schedules and assignments and resident activities, along with recording lecture content due to the university moving to all online coursework delivery. We have always had ...
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I had the opportunity to read Gary Scheiner’s CGM Data Analysis article in January’s 2020 ADCES in Practice magazine. He discussed how to navigate interpreting CGM reports and what to look for when doing so. Some of the highlights and take away messages include: Review 2 weeks of data Review AGP report to note time in range; above range and below range Review day to day variability using spaghetti graphs Gary also encouraged HCP to not feel intimidated by the data, but rather spark curiosity that will help the PWD better understand behaviors and outcomes. Some examples would include: when are they taking insulin in comparison to food intake; if their ...
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Anna Kasperick, RD, CPT shares some activity tips for your clients . . As gyms close across the nation, more and more people are turning to “at home workouts.” Just because the gyms are closed and we are isolated to our homes, does not mean activity needs to fall to the wayside. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get moving. It is important we continue to educate our patients on movement as medicine. Research shows that just 10 minutes of exercise increases oxygen to the brain, lowers stress, calms nerves, and improves mood. Regular movement helps regulate our appetites (i.e. avoiding boredom eating or overeating). Regular movement helps ...
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Passionate About Pumping by Cathy Miller MPH, RD, LD, CDCES The first time I saw the the Tandem T slim X2 pump with basal IQ demonstrated at a conference, I said to myself, “ I’m in love” and that love affair is still going strong! What do I like about the Tandem pump? For starters, it has a touch screen and software updates (like your favorite phones). It also has an integrated Dexcom 6 sensor which is one of the most accurate sensors on the market (MARD 9%). It has a basal suspend feature which turns off your background insulin 30” before it predicts your blood sugar will go under 80 and resumes it automatically when your blood sugar starts ...
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The Massachusetts Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) Coordinating Body (CB) is announcing that the 2020 All-State Meeting "Looking into the Heart of Diabetes" scheduled for May 2nd, 2020 at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center is being rescheduled. The decision has been made based on the current circumstances related to COVID-19. An announcement regarding the rescheduled date and program will be made as soon as possible. All registered attendees and vendors will receive a full refund of their registration. This is a developing situation, and more details and information will be communicated when available. Questions ...
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We are Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists! We should be proud of this fact and the group that we have formed. We are the community experts and the “first responders” to keeping patients with diabetes safe. With that said, if I may be blunt, we all know about COVID-19. After talking with national leaders, following the recommendations set forth by the CDC, and taking into account the requests made by the Governor, we have postponed WyADE WAND Retreat. We have been able to secure the same hotel in Casper for the dates of September 23 – 25 th . While our speakers and format may change slightly, we are contacting our vendors and partners ...
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Dear Colleagues, As we all try to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, the leadership of the ADCES Alabama Coordinating Body is modifying its plans for the April 7, 2020 meeting. Originally it was to be held at Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Board Room in Birmingham. It will now be held as a Zoom teleconference, featuring a business meeting at 5:30 p.m. and a webinar at 6:00 p.m. with 1.0 hour of CE credit. The Zoom address and webinar content will be available shortly. We hope that this arrangement will allow you to participate in the meeting and earn continuing education credit from the safety of your own home. We recognize that our fall Education Conference ...
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In a week where the Nation’s attention was focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS made a major announcement about a new voluntary pricing model that could cap insulin costs at $35 per month for certain Medicare beneficiaries. This new model, referred to as the Part D Senior Savings Model (“the Model”), seeks to lower out-of-pocket costs and provide beneficiaries with additional Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) choices during the coverage gap period. Eligible pharmaceutical manufacturers and Part D sponsors (plans) are invited to participate in this voluntary model. Already, ADCES has seen a positive response from many of our industry partners who have ...
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COVID-19 information is now on ADCES. Please check under Practice Resources for some good information to help your patients. On this page, you will also find the Sick Day Management handouts for both adults and for children as well as DKA handouts. Be sure to read the articles that are also posted on how COVID-19 puts people with diabetes at higher risk. You will also find some great links to help you understand and help your patients to better prepare. See it all at diabeteseducator.org/practice/practice-tools/app-resources/covid-19-information You can also see more about emergency preparedness for diabetes at the homepage for Diabetes Disaster ...
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Your health and the needs of your clients, family and employer come first. That's why ADCES is keeping a close eye on the potential spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and we will continue to monitor the situation based on best guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) and the World Health Organization (WHO). While the risk remains low at this time, we cannot ensure a virus-free environment for OK CB ADCES Annual Conference March 27, 2020. Therefore, after much discussion and consideration, we have decided to cancel the March 2020 conference and have rescheduled the conference for November 6,2020. It is our ...
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Mark your calendar!!! 2020 VA CB State Meeting The Place at Innsbroo
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Ready or Not?

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It's on the TV. It's in your emails...seems it is everywhere! It's the latest news about the COVID-19 virus and it has everyone thinking. While the virus is not a good thing, it is good that we are thinking again about being prepared. I believe that as DCES, we should also be thinking about how COVID-19 will fit into our practices and into what we teach our patients. I have a good friend who wrote an article that said in regards to preparing to care for health conditions during emergency times, we are either complacent or hysterical. He does not embrace either feeling. Rather, he says that we need to be mindfully aware that we live in a volatile world ...
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