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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.  Click here for a recording of this program.


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 the program are encouraged to consider either pathway.  However, our online help for ADCES is available to any pharmacy.


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


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: 

Even if you are not in our program - you can use these modules to assist you in your preparation:

Slide deck pdfs and the webinar recordings will be posted within one day of the webinar.


Module 1 - Orientation and Standards 1 through 3   - Tuesday, November 5 - 8:30 am


        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  - Tuesday, November 19 - 8:30 am


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


         Click here for the slide deck pdf.


Module 3 - Standards 6 and 7  - Tuesday, December 3 - 8:30 am


          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 - Tuesday, December 17 - 8:30 am


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


          Click here for the slide deck pdf


Module 5 - Standard 10  - Tuesday, January 7 - 8:30 am


          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


Special PPA Initiative in 2019-2020:

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 webinars and assignment of a "coach/mentor" to provide direct assistance

3.    At least up to six hours 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 approximate $350 to $500 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.    You may also send a second person to the workshop - if they are not a PPA member - we can only cover the member fee portion to attend.

6.    Coverage of the $1100 ADCES application fee.  (also the $100 for additional locations).  Payment only after application submitted and approved.

7.    You will get a complimentary ADCES membership for on year upon successful accreditation of site.

8.    You will receive a $140 ADCES currilculum book which will help you launch your program.

9.    Additional webinars and other support programs to help you launch and bill.


Applications are due no later than October 31!  You are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis as there are only 12 slots available.


Click here for the pharmacy commitment form.



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


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