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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will our IDERP DSME program continue to be accredited through the expiration date?

  2. Will information be provided so that our IDERP DSME program can make an informed decision to select either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP?
  3. Will our IDERP DSME program need to submit an application to AADE or ADA?
  4. Will technical assistance be available?
  5. How will we receive information about AADE–DEAP and ADA–ERP?
  6. How will this change affect programs that were planning to apply for continued IDERP accreditation in September 2010 application cycle?
  7. How will this change affect DSME programs that were planning to apply for IDERP accreditation for the first time in the September 2010 application cycle?
  8. Will there be any cost involved with transferring accreditation to ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP?
  9. Will this change affect our IDERP DSME program’s ability to bill CMS for reimbursement of DSME services?
  10. Our program received IDERP accreditation one month ago. Will ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP honor the four-year accreditation period?
  11. Will IDERP programs still need to submit monthly reports and annual reports?
  12. Are you concerned at all that AADE and ADA may not be able to take on the additional workload?
  13. Will our program be able to continue using the IHS–BYLD curriculum?
  14. Will IHS Division of Diabetes be responsible for updating the IHS DSME curricula?
  15. Will the PowerPoint presentation about the 2010 IDERP transition be available to us to present to our staff?

 

1. Will our Integrated Diabetes Education Recogniation Program (IDERP) diabetes self-management education (DSME) program continue to be accredited through the expiration date?

YES. Currently accredited Integrated Diabetes Education Recognition Program (IDERP) diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs will be given the opportunity to choose either the American Diabetes Association–Education Recognition Program (ADA–ERP) or the American Association of Diabetes Educators–Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (AADE–DEAP) as the organization to maintain DSME program accreditation through their expiration date.

Both ADA–ERP and AADE–DEAP have four-year accreditation periods consistent with the IHS IDERP policy. IDERP DSME programs will be required to notify IHS Division of Diabetes of the accrediting organization they have selected. The IHS Division of Diabetes will work with both of these national accreditation organizations (NAO) to facilitate the transition.

2. Will information be provided so that our IDERP DSME program can make an informed decision to select either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP?

YES. A WebEx session will be available for both AADE and ADA to present the requirements for maintaining accreditation thru their respective organizations.

3. Will our IDERP DSME program need to submit an application to AADE or ADA?

To be determined. Discussions are underway with the directors of AADE–DEAP and ADA–ERP to determine the requirements for continued accreditation through their respective organizations. IHS Division of Diabetes is dedicated to creating a process that is least disruptive to IDERP programs, while assuring the compliance with AADE and ADA accreditation requirements.

4. Will technical assistance be available?

YES. Division of Diabetes will provide technical assistance with transitioning your program to either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP.

In addition, both ADA–ERP and AADE–DEAP provide extraordinary customer service, technical assistance and educational tools for DSME programs.

5. How will we receive information about AADE–DEAP and ADA–ERP?

There will be live WebEx presentations by each NAO, with opportunities to ask questions. Each IDERP DSME program will receive an information packet so that they can make an informed selection of the accrediting body that will best meet their program goals and community needs.

6. How will this change affect programs that were planning to apply for continued IDERP accreditation in September 2010 application cycle?

IDERP DSME programs that were planning to apply for continued accreditation during the September 2010 application cycle will need to submit an application to either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP. It is important to note that both ADA–ERP and AADE–DEAP accept applications throughout the entire year.

IDERP DSME programs with a December 2010 accreditation expiration date will need to be prepared to submit an application to ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP as soon as possible, to avoid a lapse in accreditation status. The IHS Division of Diabetes will notify these programs of the details and terms involved in applying for continued accreditation as a result of this transition.

7. How will this change affect DSME programs that were planning to apply for IDERP accreditation for the first time in the September 2010 application cycle?

DSME programs that were planning to apply for IDERP accreditation in the September 2010 application cycle will need to submit an application to either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP.

It is important to note that ADA–ERP and AADE–DEAP accept applications throughout the year. There are no deadlines to submit applications.

8. Will there be any cost involved with transferring accreditation to ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP?

Likely. Division of Diabetes is committed to covering the cost associated with transferring currently-accredited IDERP DSME programs to either ADA or AADE accreditation.

9. Will this change affect our IDERP DSME program’s ability to bill Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reimbursement of diabetes self-management training (DSMT) services?

NO. DSME programs accredited by AADE and ADA are able to receive “deemed” status under the Medicare Program and allowed to seek reimbursement for DSME services for Medicare Part B-eligible beneficiaries. The IHS Division of Diabetes will maintain its status as an NAO until all IDERP DSME programs have been transitioned to either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP, to avoid any interruption in the ability to bill for DSMT services.

10. Our program received IDERP accreditation one month ago. Will ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP honor the four-year accreditation period?

YES. The expiration date on your current accreditation period will not change.

11. Will IDERP programs still need to submit monthly and annual reports?

Yes. Currently accredited IDERP programs will continue to submit monthly and annual reports to Division of Diabetes until they have been transitioned to either ADA–ERP or AADE–DEAP. Both AADE–ERP and AADE–DEAP have similar monthly and annual reporting requirements.

12. Are you concerned at all that AADE and ADA may not be able to take on the additional workload?

NO. Both ADA–ERP and AADE–DEAP have departments with dedicated staff whose role is to accept, review and approve applications for accreditation through their respective organizations.

13. Will our program be able to continue using the IHS–Balance Your Life and Diabetes (BYLD) curriculum?
YES. BYLD was created to meet the requirements for Standard 6 (curriculum) of the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (NSDSME). AADE and ADA also use the NSDME as the guiding principles for their accreditation programs.

14. Will IHS Division of Diabetes be responsible for updating the IHS BYLD curricula?

YES. The IHS Division of Diabetes will continue to provide educational materials, tools and services to AI/AN I/T/U diabetes programs. In addition, The IHS Division of Diabetes will work to strengthen the collaborative relationship with other diabetes organizations and HHS agencies to make additional resources available for I/T/U programs.

15. Will the PowerPoint presentation be available to us to present to our staff?

YES. The PowerPoint will be made available to the IDERP programs. In addition, information will be posted on the IDERP webpage and updated periodically to ensure that current information is available to IDERP programs and programs interested in applying for accreditation. The IDERP webpage can be located at http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsIDERP

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