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ADCES Pathway

Getting Accredited in DSME through the ADCES Pathway

*Important Note: The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is now the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES). This change went into effect on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.


PPA has chosen the ADCES pathway for our accreditation support and assistance. Each fall we have held an introductory webinar about our program. Be sure to check our Calendar of Events.


What is ADCES?

The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. The mission of ADCES 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 PPA's program are encouraged to consider either pathway.  However, PPA's specific assistance is for ADCES and with the information below is available to any pharmacy, even if not enrolled in our program.


What are the Advantages to ADCES?

As the only organization dedicated solely to diabetes education, ADCES 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.



Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) FAQs


Information on Getting Accredited Through PPA's Assistance


Click here for information on participating in the DSMES Program with PPA.



For Pharmacies wishing to do on their own - here are some helpful tips:

How to Apply:

Step 1:Get Ready!
  • Sign-up to participate in PPA's support program, outlined below to help you.
  • 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)  Both Program Coordinators and Instructors need this!  Please note the PPA workshops and program at our Mid Year offer six hours!
  • Available CE programs
    See PPA's Catalog
    American Diabetes Association


2019-2020 PPA Webinar Prep Series: 

(A new series is coming in 2020-2021; but feel free to reference these now)


Module 1 - Orientation and Standards 1 through 3                

        Click the link to access the recording:  https://vimeo.com/371145229/a7b00e3ddb

        Click here for the slide deck pdf


Module 2 - Standards 4 and 5 

         Click the link to access the recordinghttps://vimeo.com/374168141/03a2f1c667

         Click here for the slide deck pdf.


Module 3 - Standards 6 and 7 

          Click the link to access the recording: https://vimeo.com/377081902/f6c92dce6b

           Click here for the slide deck pdf

Module 4 - Standards 8 and 9

          Click the link to access the recording:https://vimeo.com/380012159/cd88b32111

           Click here for the slide deck pdf


Module 5 - Standard 10 

          Click the link to access the recording: https://vimeo.com/383304116/13065ec4ef

          Click here for the slide deck pdf


Curriculum Book

You may want to consider purchasing this book to assist and guide your curriculum.

ADCES Curriculum Book


Additional Helpful Webinars:  

DSME Billing Module

DSMES and Medicare Billing Module

DSMES and other Payer Billing Module


STRANDAn Option for DSME Billing


Patient Perceptions

Putting Your Application together!


ADCES 7 Training

If you have trouble downloading the movie, here’s a ZIP file containing the movie: Click here


DSMES Billing Resources for Medicare

Medicare Reimbursement Guidelines

Guide to Medicare Diabetes Reimbursement


Post Accreditation Webinars:

DSMES Accreditation - Now What - Part 1

DSMES Accreditation - Now What - Part 2

Applying for Accreditation

Please note: Medicare or ADCES can audit you even if you are not billing for your services. Set a goal to see at least 10 patients per year, whether you are billing or not in order to have data to maintain accreditation.  The items an auditor will look for during an audit are listed here:  Auditor Checklist for 2017 Standards and Education Record (Chart) Review


Helpful Templates

The following templates have been created as a tool when applying for ADCES accreditation. The templates are aligned with each of the ten standards. For additional resources on documents required when submitting the application, please refer to the 2017 ADCES Interpretative Guidance Document.


Standard 1

Standard 2

Standard 3


Standard 4 and 5

Standard 6

Standard 7

Standard 8

Standard 9

Standard 10


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 ADCES  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 ADCES will contact you to set up a phone interview or site audit


Step 5:

Obtain Medicare reimbursement
● See ADCES DSMT Reimbursement tips


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


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