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On a recent trip to the beach, I realized how much stress I left behind. My thoughts went to people with diabetes and how much every-day stress can impact their blood glucose levels. As we head into the holidays, stress levels tend to increase. Now may be a great time to discuss stress management and techniques to decrease that stress. Stress reliever techniques: * Guided imagery - Use your imagination to picture a person, place or time that makes you feel relaxed, peaceful and happy. * Meditation - Mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus and awareness. * Progressive muscle relaxation - Tense a group of muscles as you breathe in and you ...
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Wow… What a great conference event this month for WPLNG. What a great array of speakers and information about technology, pregnancy and diabetes, medication selection and management, and pediatrics. The topic that ended the day was on transitions of care for our pediatric population to the adult world. Olivia Nourie did a phenomenal presentation on a 15 month long program they do at UPMC Children’s called Transitions. This helps prepare the teenagers/young adults on how to navigate the adult world of diabetes. Their classes include Complications, High risk behaviors (sex, alcohol, pregnancy, burnout), Diet & Nutrition (college/out on your own balanced ...
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Management of Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults Samantha Copley, PharmD Candidate 2022 Lourdes Cross, PharmD, BCACP, CDCES Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Background Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) is an understudied form of diabetes with features of both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). According to recent studies, LADA may account for 2%-12% of all diabetes diagnoses in adult populations. 1 LADA is a slow-progressing form of autoimmune diabetes. 2 Similar to T1D, LADA can occur when pancreatic β-cells stop producing adequate insulin, most likely due to some "insult" that slowly damages those ...
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On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule for calendar year 2022, which outlines the Medicare payment rates for 2022 and addresses other provisions including updates to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) and the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) benefit. The changes apply to Medicare Part B services furnished on or after January 1, 2022. ADCES has highlighted key provisions that may be of interest to members. Additional information can be found on the CMS fact sheet . There is also a separate fact sheet detailing proposed changes to the MDPP. ...
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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today, November 14 th , is World Diabetes Day! We celebrate on November 14 th , as it marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting who co-discovered insulin with Charles Best in 1922. The theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day is: Access to Diabetes Care – If Not Now, When? As we go through today, this entire month, and beyond, let us think of ways to highlight diabetes as a local, national, global issue and advocate for the millions of people (our family, friends, colleagues, ourselves) living with diabetes. Below are a few links for further reading. Please feel free to reply to this post and tell (or ...
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When you think about type 2 diabetes what comes to your mind? Until recently, young children and teens almost never got type 2 diabetes , which is why it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. Now, about one-third of American youth are overweight, a challenge that is closely related to the increase in kids with type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in our pediatric population is rising in all cultures. It has markedly been seen in Hispanic, Pacific Islanders, and African American populations, but we are now seeing an increase in obese Caucasian children. Children who get type 2 diabetes are usually diagnosed in their early teens. The hormones present during ...
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Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. During the time, Medicare beneficiaries can reevaluate their coverage for Original Medicare, Part D, or Medicare Advantage. They can make changes to their plan or purchase a new policy. This is an important time for beneficiaries to “shop around” and look at the costs of premiums, prescription drug coverage, pharmacies, plans, etc. Despite the importance of shopping around during the open enrollment period, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that 7 in 10 beneficiaries (71%) said they didn’t compare their coverage options for the upcoming year. Plans change from year to year and that ...
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https://www.diabeteseducator.org/event/COMMIT : register today: Contact J. Rhoulhac for FREE Registration Code for COMMIT: FL ADCES MEMBERS ONLY!! Great opportunity to learn DM Medications and Lifestyle Choices Management from Experts: 10.0 CEUs approved by ADCES for a Virtual 2 day program. Hope to " SEE" you on Nov. 5-6, 2021!! Jeanna Rhoulhac sfadelng@gmail.com ​
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It’s that time of year when we have to put away the swimsuits and dust off the sweaters and joggers for apple picking and pumpkin spice sweets. We need to remember it’s ok to enjoy fall without overindulging. Here are a few fall reminders. Get Moving Exercise improves mood and enhances happiness. Try an early morning hike with friends which can lift our spirits and sets us up for a successful, productive day. Eat a Healthy diet Forming healthy nutritional habits involves taking small steps, as opposed to a major overhaul all at once. Keep it attainable by making simple healthy choices as often as you ...
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Tirzepatide: Gaining Ground in the Diabetes World Nebile Cayan, PharmD Candidate 2022 1 Keishla Chevere Espada, PharmD Candidate 2022 1 Abigail Henry, PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy Resident 1 Kam Capoccia, Clinical Professor of Community Care 1 1 Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Background Tirzepatide (LY3298176) is a novel dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist being investigated for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and chronic weight management. Tirzepatide is also being studied as a potential treatment for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. 1 ...
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2021 OKLAHOMA ADCES SYMPOSIUM Staying Current with Diabetes Care NOVEMBER 5, 2021 8AM-4:30PM This is a knowledge-based activity designed for individuals active in diabetes education, including, RNs, RDNs, Pharmacists, and other health care providers interested in staying informed on current practices of care for patients with diabetes and other related conditions Please see the following registration link for our upcoming OK event: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/event/OKCBNOV21
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Don’t miss ADCES’ final Advocacy Townhall of 2021! This event will take place on Tuesday, October 26 from 1:00-2:00pm CT/ 2:00-3:00pm ET/ 11-12pm PT. No registration required. We are pleased to welcome special guest, Dave Walton, the CEO of T1D Exchange . Learn how T1D Exchange’s data platform is driving meaningful research, innovation in treatment, prevention and striving for a cure. We also hope to provide participants with an opportunity to meet and say “hi” to ADCES’ new CEO, Matt Hornberger. Join us in welcoming Matt and the advocacy work that you are all doing to improve care for people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes! Participants are ...
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Over the last year, I have had some patients express frustration with their insulin pumps (along with the many other challenges that they have faced with the recent pandemic). The many complaints include the typical battles with hyperglycemia following cannulas kinking, adhesive problems, and overnight pump malfunctions which lead many of them to have sleepless nights. I have recently taken a few patients off their insulin pumps and started them on multiple daily injections. Surprisingly, some of these patients have been on pump therapy so long that they have never utilized pre-filled insulin pens. Training patients on their new insulin programs has provided ...
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Upcoming: Targeting Inceptor for Diabetes Therapy Payton Waltz, PharmD PGY1 Pharmacy Resident Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Louisville, KY Welcome to the celebration for the 100 th year of insulin therapy! In 1921, Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and John MacLeod all played a hand at discovering the use of insulin therapy in patients with diabetes. 1 According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2020, 10.5% of the U.S. population had diabetes and 34.5% were classified as patients with prediabetes. 2 This disease, affecting the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas, impacts a large percentage of this country’s ...
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Many of our patients are making up for lost time and traveling again. In case you’re getting travel questions, it can be helpful to review tips from the pump and CGM companies, as well as these travel tips from the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/traveling-with-diabetes.html What resources have been helpful to you? What are you hearing from your patients about their recent travel experiences?
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In a March 2021 Massachusetts General Hospital news release, reported by Health Day News, some positive results were reported concerning protection to newborns by maternal COVID- vaccine recipients. Report as follows: March 25, 2021 Pregnant Women Pass on COVID Vaccine Protection to Newborns In some good news to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows that pregnant women and new breastfeeding moms have a strong immune response to COVID-19 vaccines and can transfer that immunity to their infants. The study included 131 women of reproductive age (84 pregnant, 31 lactating and 16 not pregnant) who received ...
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On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule for calendar year 2022, which outlines the proposed Medicare payment rates for 2022 and addresses other provisions including updates to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) and the Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) benefit. The proposed changes will be finalized in early November 2021 and will apply to Medicare Part B services furnished on or after January 1, 2022. The proposed rule is open for comment through September 13, 2021. ADCES is conducting a full analysis of the proposed rule and will submit comments to CMS ...
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced some adjustments to their CGM policy that will go into effect on July 18 th . Historically, Medicare required patients to test their blood sugar 4x/day to be a candidate for CGM. The new policy has removed all BG testing requirements. Patients still need to be taking insulin at least 3 times a day or using an insulin pump. Previously, the criteria only including insulin via injections, however, the new policy adds inhaled insulin to the approved methods of insulin delivery. The new policy can be found at https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/lcd-details.aspx?lcdid=33822 ...
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Can’t find a resource, need an answer to a burning question, looking to create a new education document….. Look no farther than the ADCES Connect site. This site gives you access to Communities of Interest and Practice Area Discussion list. Don’t reinvent the wheel with documents and educational needs. Reach out to a vast array of professional that are willing to share their knowledge, experiences, and documents to help you. Join as many areas as you want to get updates on what people are talking about and learn what others are doing in their institutions. This is a great way to connect with colleagues from other states and professions. So, what are you waiting ...
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Join the ADCES Advocacy Committee for their next Advocacy Townhall call on Tuesday, August 24 from 1:00-2:00pm CT/ 2:00-3:00pm ET/ 11-12pm PT. No registration required. Note, this meeting has been rescheduled from July 27. On this call, we'll be joined by representatives the College Diabetes Network who will be discussing their advocacy efforts and opportunities for collaboration. We’ll also discuss federal legislation, like the reintroduction of the Expanding Access to DSMT Act and bills to permanently expand telehealth, as well as recent updates to the Medicare clinical coverage criteria for CGMs and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule ...
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