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AADE Pathway

Getting Accredited in DSME through the AADE Pathway


What is AADE?

The American Association of Diabetes Educators is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. The mission of AADE is to empower diabetes educators to expand the horizons of innovative education, management and support.


This is the pathway that PPA is supporting through its grant supported pilot program to enroll pharmacies.  Pharmacies outside of the program are encouraged to consider either pathway.  However, our online help for AADE is available to any pharmacy.


What are the Advantages to AADE?

As the only organization dedicated solely to diabetes education, AADE has the expertise and resources required to support DSMT programs. Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) includes program flexibility, multi-site accreditation, a simple fee structure and a stop-start online application with the ability to upload your supporting documents. DEAP not only supports sites in traditional settings, but has significantly expanded program options for diabetes care professionals by offering improved support for community-based settings such as physician offices, pharmacies, churches, and community centers.


How to Apply:

Step 1:Get Ready!
  • How to get started:  Applying for Accreditation
  • Work to obtain within the last year 15 credits of CE on diabetes related topics.  (unless already a Certified Diabetes Educator - CDE)  Program coordinators and instructors need!
  • Available CE programs

       ○ Application Fees 


PPA Webinar Prep Series

Module 1 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017   

                   Click here for a pdf of the slides     Click here for a recording of the webinar   

Module 2 - Tuesday, December 5

                   Click here for a pdf of the slides     Click here for a recording of the webinar

Module 3 - December 12, 2017

                   Click here for a pdf of the slides     Click here for a recording of the webinar

Module 4 -December 19, 2017

                  Click here for a pdf of the slides      Click here for a recording of the webinar

Module 5 -January 9, 2018 -
                  Click here for a pdf of the slides      Click here for a recording of the webinar


Flyer containing series and workshop information

Pharmacy Draft Timeline

Final commitment application form - due December 12, 2017


Mid Year Conference Workshop

On Friday, January 26, 2018,a PPA is hosting an intensive, in-person Workshop for our pilot approved programs, and other interested pharmacies who wish to pay the fee.  The three-hour session will begin at 9 a.m. and help finalize walking all participants through the application process, as well as recruiting patients, marketing, and launching your effort. The afternoon session will include three one hour related CEs, helping to also fulfill the 15 hour requirement.   Attendance at this is crucial.  PPA is providing complimentary registration to the full conference package and this pre-conference training session to one person  (must be a PPA member) from each accepted and approved pharmacy, a $424 value.  Any pharmacy may elect to send additional individuals at the standard rate.  Contact Pat Epple for the promo code to use when registering. 



The following Standards have specific templates which are very useful in the development of your program.  In fact, you are strongly encouraged to use and follow these carefully to ensure your program is accepted.

Standard 1 - Mission Statement/Goals, Organizational Chart/Structure, Policies, and Job Descriptions

Standard 2 - Advisory Group

Standard 3 - Target Population

Standard 5 - Sample Mechanism to Ensure Patient's Needs are Met

Standard 7 - Individual Assessment, Education Plan

Standard 7 - Example Initial Patient Self-Assessment

Standard 7 - Checklist for De-Identified Patient Chart

Standard 8 - Follow-up Plan

Standard 8 - Example Follow-Up Plan for Adults

Standard 8 - Example Personalized Plan for Ongoing Diabetes Self Care

Standard 8 - Example of Ongoing Self-Management Support

Standard 9 - Goal Sheet

Standard 9 - SMART Goal Sheet

Standard 10 - Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Plan

Standard 10 - Second Example, CQI Plan

Step 2:

Enroll patients in program and track outcomes
● One patient must complete the program through follow up to apply


Step 3:

Submit application to AADE  Application must be started and completed within 90 days and documents uploaded as individual pdfs.  Only certain portions allow saving of work done.


Step 4:

Within 2-6 weeks AADE will contact you to set up a phone interview or site audit


Step 5:

Obtain Medicare reimbursement
● See AADE DSMT Reimbursement tips

Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) FAQs


What PPA is providing:

1.   Training and information, as well as mentoring to walk you through the Application and program launch process

2.    Includes 5 advance webinar and assignment of a "coach/mentor" to provide direct assistance

3.    Some of the 15 hours of diabetes CE required for program coordinator and instructors.

4.    In person workshop registration, as well as Mid Year conference registration, an up to $424 value.  This is for PPA members only!  Workshop will include an intensive three hour session on the application and three hours of additional related CE programming at the Mid Year.  Approved program applicants should contact Pat Epple for the promo code prior to registration to get this included.

5.    Coverage of the $1100 application fee.  Payment only after application submitted.

6.    You will get two complimentary AADE memberships for on year upon successful accreditation of site.



Please contact Pat Epple at pepple@papharmacists.com with any questions.

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