October Newsletter | Meds Update, Free Quizzes, and Rationale

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Greetings to our awesome diabetes community.

For this newsletter, we are excited to share three diabetes medication announcements. Our updated PocketCards are ready for downloading and viewing with these changes.

We know how much you love testing your knowledge, so we have created 3 new quizzes in our CDCES Coach App. For now, you can access these quizzes for free, so flex your test-taking muscle today.

The pandemic has taken a toll on people with diabetes and exposed the impact of health inequities. We take a moment to pause and reflect on the impact of this pandemic, with a special focus on food insecurity and actions we can take to address gaps in health care.

Lainey Koski was the first full-time employee at my company. She was not only an exceptional colleague, she was a wonderful human and friend. We pay tribute to Lainey, who left us way too soon.

Finally, since November 3rd is around the corner, we have included information on finding a polling place near you.

Be safe, take care of yourself, and take time to enjoy the small wonders.

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and Jackson

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The New Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education Desk Reference – 5th Edition| $249

We are so excited that the 5th edition The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education is finally here!

This specialist’s one-volume, go-to resource for the core knowledge and skills for providing person-centered care and education to persons with diabetes and related chronic conditions. This is a core resource for those who are studying for the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES) exam.

Updates:

  • Two new chapters addressing multiple daily injections (MDI), continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and intensifying therapy, pattern management, and data analysis.
  • Revised AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors®, with its recognition of the impact the emotional burden of diabetes on metabolic and quality of life outcomes.
  • Highlights obesity management, including the 3-step algorithm for care of overweight and obese people with diabetes.
  • Expanded coverage of motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Major rewrites of the kidney disease and diabetic neuropathies chapters.

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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

September Newsletter | New Online Scholarship, Liver Disease, CGM Update

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What a year!

Thank you everyone for your support as I shared my adventure of moving my oldest son into his Texas college dorm two weeks ago. He is thriving and excited to live away from home, hang out with other students (while wearing a mask) and attend a combination of virtual and live classroom instruction. My 15-year-old son, Jackson, has stepped into Robert’s role at our company and is doing a great job fulfilling orders and working on special projects.

A special shout out of recognition to all of you who are juggling homeschooling, new working situations, and your lives. This is a tough time for all of us and I miss seeing all of you!

Speaking of virtual instruction, we have great news to share. Our DiabetesEd Boot Camp starts on Sept 16th. We can’t wait to join together with you in the community again as we hunker down to prepare for certification exams. 

We are excited to announce that we are offering two Online University Scholarships for diabetes advocates that are “Making a Difference” in their community. Please share it with your colleagues and friends.

In addition, this newsletter explores the importance of promptly recognizing the liver disease and the cost-saving benefits of CGM technology.

Lastly, we love providing our customers with easy-to-find resources, so we put all our most popular Cheat Sheets on one Resource Page for fast access.

During this time of uncertainty and financial hardships, we will be offering frequent discounts. It’s our way of saying thank you with a virtual hug of appreciation.

Warmest regards,

Coach Beverly, Bryanna, and Jackson


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

DiabetesEd Top 3 Blog Posts | July 2020

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It’s time for the Top 3 Blog Posts of the Month. As always, people loved our Question of the Week. The most popular question this month was on the administration of Glucagon Rescue Medications.

In addition, there was lots of interest in the newly approved rapid insulin. The post about the joy of having my children work in my company also resonated with our community. This is especially touching to me since I move Robert into college in less than 13 days.

Lastly, during this time of distress and turmoil, we thought it would be a good opportunity to feature some uplifting news. We are overjoyed to share the story of one of our course graduates, David, who recently passed his CDCES Exam. You can read his journey below and for more uplifting stories, we invite you to visit our Online Graduate Success Stories Page.

Keep Safe. Be well.

Coach Beverly

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Watch for FREE or purchase to earn CEs!

Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes Standards 2020
Join Live Stream August 5th at 11:30 am (PST)
1.5 CEs | $29.00 or No CEsFree

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES or BC-ADM or for those seeking an update.

Diabetes Specialists have a critical role in advocating for CV reduction. Coach Beverly is extending a special invitation to join this webinar on the latest standards for CV reduction.

This webinar will address:

  • insulin resistance syndrome and vascular complications.
  • impact of vessel disease from the heart to the toes.
  • prevention of vascular disease
  • strategies to achieve goals of care.

Register for FREE recorded webinar (no CEs).


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

July Newsletter | Preventing Hypoglycemia to Save Lives

Preventing Hypoglycemia to Save Lives

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She woke up to the faces of concerned strangers in blue uniforms looking down at her. Trying to pull herself out of what must be a bad dream, she had trouble putting thoughts and words together. Finally, she saw her son’s face and heard him asking if she was okay. She reached up to grab his hand and make sure he was real. He asked her why she was crying.

This is not the first time she has woken up to a team of emergency responders giving her IV dextrose. As a person living with type 1 diabetes for over 26 years, she has experienced her share of close calls and a handful of times of lost consciousness due to lack of sufficient glucose to her brain.

As she relays this terrifying experience to us, how do we respond?

As Diabetes Specialists, we can help people with diabetes prevent life-threatening hypoglycemia by planning ahead and engaging in shared decision making.

In this newsletter we compare and contrast 3 lifesaving glucagon formulations. We are also excited to announce our new Glucagon PocketCard!

We discuss disparities in diabetes camps and provide a rationale for our most missed Question of the Week.

Lastly, we introduce a newly approved insulin and share the origin of our Pancreas Pillows.

We also say a fond farewell to our assistant and my son, Robert Thomassian. He has been an invaluable member of our team for the past year and now takes his leave to start college in Texas. His brother, Jackson, will take over the position and we are thrilled to welcome him on board.

We miss seeing all of you in person and welcome you to join our FREE Level 2 Webinars. Our doors are open and we would love to have you as our guest.

With Love,

Coach Beverly

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Upcoming Live Streaming Webinar
Airs July 21st & 28th, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (PST)

Technology Toolkit| Pumps and Sensors + Insulin Pump Calculations
Join us for the live streaming webinars on July 21st and 28th
3 CEs | $59.00

Perfect for those planning to take the CDCES / BC-ADM or for those who want to learn more about the technology used to manage diabetes.

As Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, we are expected to have expertise in diabetes technologies to improve person-centered care and optimize outcomes.

Yet, when it comes to insulin pumps, sensors, and calculations many of us feel overwhelmed and unsure about diabetes technology management. Coach Beverly created this 2-part Technology Toolkit to provide you with critical information on Insulin Pumps, Calculations, and Continuous Glucose Monitors. 

If you want cutting edge information on diabetes technology, problem-solving, and using a formula to determine appropriate insulin dosing, we highly recommend this toolkit.

Two Online Courses are included in this Technology Toolkit:

  • Tech 101 – Pumps and Sensors Update | Live Stream Webinar July 21
  • Tech 102 – Insulin Pump Calculations: From Basal to Square Bolus | Live Stream Webinar July 28

Can’t join us live? Recorded video and podcast versions are ready for On-Demand Viewing. All updates webinars are uploaded within 4 hours of the live show ending.


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

DiabetesEd Top 3 Blog Posts | July 1, 2020

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Happy Wednesday Diabetes Community!

We are excited to announce our new feature; Top 3 blog posts of the Month.

Coach Beverly and team are committed to keeping you apprised of the latest findings in diabetes.

We promise to keep this end-of-the-month wrap-up announcement short and sweet while providing links to references so you can dig deeper.

As part of our commitment to sharing information, we are offering FREE webinar viewing of our Level 2 Standards Intensive Series. See upcoming topics and dates below.

Our top 3 blogs this month include the recall of some long-acting metformin brands, Medicare’s $35 monthly cap on insulin starting in 2021, and the rationale for this month’s most popular question of the week.

Happy early July 4th weekend. Please stay safe and take good care.

Coach Beverly

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Check out our new bundle!

Level 3 | Boot Camp + Expert Team Bundle
Join us live starting September 16th!

When you join our DiabetesEd Certification Boot Camp, it’s like having your own online coaching staff.

?In each webinar, either Coach Beverly, Dr. Isaacs, or Ms. Armstrong, highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. They also launch multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

Mastery of this content is critical to ensure certification exam success and to improve clinical outcomes.

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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

June Newsletter | Strategies to Provide Inclusive Care

Diabetes and Inclusivity – Strategies for Change

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Our community has faced many challenges in 2020. As a result of the pandemic, some health professionals have lost their positions or had jobs furloughed. We have shifted from in-person visits to telehealth. For those working on the front line, there is a real fear of being infected by COVID-19.

In our neighborhoods, we are witnessing many of our community members demanding a repair of social injustices. There is a recognition that worse health outcomes with COVID-19 and diabetes are often the result of longstanding social inequities in marginalized communities.

As diabetes advocates, we owe ourselves the time to reflect on how these inequities came to be and how we can contribute to their repair.

Certainly, as a community dedicated to health, we can stand up and acknowledge, address, and advocate to improve health equity for each person.

In this newsletter, we explore strategies to provide more inclusive diabetes care. From reflecting on the language we choose to how we set up and deliver our health care services. Let’s step back and take a new view from a different lens and see how we can be more welcoming to all people, but especially to those from marginalized communities.

We also celebrate the 2021 Medicare Cap on the monthly cost of insulin and share a warning on some brands of metformin. Lastly, we dive deep into two of our Questions of the Week and provide rationales.

Please consider joining Coach Beverly for her ADA Standard Intensive Live Stream Webinar Series (below). We invite you to join us for free as our guest. We want to make sure that everyone has access to this critical information.

Coach Beverly

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Upcoming Live Streaming Webinar
Airs June 23, 2020 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (PST)

Our Level 2 Standards of Care Intensive Series is designed to engage students in deciphering and exploring the ADA Standards of Care from top to bottom. This straight forward program will provide you with information you can use in your clinical setting and also provides critical content for the diabetes educator exam.

Mastery of this content is critical to ensure certification exam success and to improve clinical outcomes.

Register for FREE live stream webinar (no CEs)


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

May Newsletter | Insulin Savings, Telehealth Updates, and Salivary Glucose Testing

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As a Diabetes Nurse Specialist in a local clinic, I am providing telehealth once a week. During these visits, I am checking in with people about their food and medications.

Do you have enough food and insulin to last? Most of them answer, “yes, for now”. 

Many of them may run out of insulin and supplies in the near future, some as a result of the costs that make essential medications in-affordable. If this is the case, what can we offer them?

We are excited to thank our guest contributor and Diabetes Educator of the Year, Dr. Diana Isaacs, who has provided us with helpful information and a multitude of resources for people in need of low-cost insulin.

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has expanded opportunities to provide remote care to people with diabetes. We have highlighted some recent updates and provided links to helpful resources for your billing team.

Lastly, we are looking towards the future with salivary glucose testing and insights into a past Question of the Week.

I am grateful to be a part of this amazing community of diabetes specialists. Thank you for your care, concern and advocacy.

Be well! Coach Beverly

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Virtual Course Insulin Therapy, Pumps, & CGM + CV Risk Reduction Strategies
Earn 4.0 CEs | $69

Join Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BC-ADM, BCACP, CDCES, and ADCES 2020 Diabetes Educator of the year as she reviews these important topics. As Diabetes Specialists, we are tasked with taking a leadership role in technology and cardiovascular risk reduction. Dr. Isaacs will address these topics with clinical insight and expert knowledge during these two virtual courses.

Session 1 | CV Risk Management with Pharmacology and Intensive Insulin Therapy | Recorded & Ready for Viewing!

Session 2 | Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Insulin Pump Therapy | Recorded & Ready for Viewing!

Objectives:

  1. Describe critical teaching content before starting insulin pump therapy.
  2. Describe appropriate candidates for insulin pump therapy.
  3. Discuss strategies to determine and fine-tune insulin pump basal rates.
  4. Discuss how to determine and fine-tune bolus rates including coverage for carbs and hyperglycemia.
  5. State important safety measures to prevent hyperglycemic crises.
  6. List inpatient considerations for insulin pump therapy and CGMs.
  7. Discuss features of available professional and personal CGMs and insulin pumps.
  8. Describe CV risk factors associated with diabetes and future event prediction.
  9. List different pharmacologic approaches to mitigate CV events.

$69 | Earn 4 CEs

These sessions are also included in our Virtual Conference.


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AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

April Newsletter | COVID-19 & Best Diabetes Care

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At a local hospital, a person in their mid-40s, with type 2 diabetes was admitted for treatment of COVID-19 and Diabetes Ketoacidosis (DKA). An insulin drip was started and their SGLT-2 Inhibitor was stopped. Why are people with type 2 and COVID-19 going into DKA and how is this impacting outcomes?

A person with type 1 diabetes calls into a rural health clinic and says they are running a temperature, having difficulty breathing and can’t get their blood sugars below 300. The diabetes specialist instructs them to go to the hospital. What supplies should they take in case they are admitted to the hospital?

How do we help prepare people with diabetes for the possibility of hospitalization and what are best practices to care for people with diabetes and COVID-19 in the hospital setting?

What instruction do we provide for people with diabetes if they get sick and are wondering if they need to go to the hospital?

In this newsletter, our goal is to answer these questions based on the opinions of experts in the field and the best information to date.

In addition, we are excited to share information on drone delivery of insulin, mask making and the opportunity to celebrate the AADE (ADCES) Educator of the Year, Dr. Diana Isaacs.

Lastly, please let CMS (Medicare) know that RNs and Pharmacists need to be considered as providers of DSME telehealth services. Now, more than ever, we need all hands on deck.

Thank you everyone. Take extra good care of yourselves.

Beverly

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Diabetes 2020 – Virtual Conference!
Now with COVID-19 Update
7.5 CEs | $89 | April 23-30th

The COVID Pandemic is taking a toll on people with diabetes. What is the critical information Diabetes Care and Education Specialists need as we navigate this pandemic? How can take a leadership role in providing sound recommendations while helping to manage the full range of diabetes issues, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular risk reduction?

Coach Beverly has created this four-session virtual course so that participants can delve deep into the topics that are most pressing for diabetes care now and in the future. We will focus on improving population health and then drill down to individual intervention through case studies. We will discuss implementing cardiovascular risk screening and treatment in the clinical setting and more!

Download the Diabetes 2020 flyer here.

Course Schedule: Each session airs from 8:30 am—10:00 a.m. PST

Session 1 – Getting to the Heart of Care – 1.5 CEs – Recorded & Ready for Viewing!

  • Our role as Diabetes Care and Education Specialists
  • Diabetes and the COVID Pandemic
  • ADA and 2020 Medication Management Algorithm –

Session 2 – Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Strategies – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 24th

  • ADA and AACE Guidelines for CV Risk Reduction
  • Implement Risk Reduction Strategies
  • Addressing Hypertension, Lipids and Weight – A Case Study Approach

Session 3 – Lower Extremity Assessment and Intervention – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 28th

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease vs Vascular Disease
  • Lower extremity assessment techniques
  • Prevention strategies and education

Session 4 – Making meaningful Connections and a Vision for the Future – 1.5 CEs – Airs April 30th

  • Adverse Child Experiences – ACE and Impact of Diabetes and other Health Outcomes
  • Improving health- From individuals to populations

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