Cheat Sheets Now on CDCES Coach App | Free Resource Friday

Our new Diabetes Cheat Sheets are available on our CDCES Coach app!

We know how helpful these resources are for busy diabetes educations specialists so we wanted to make accessing them even easier!

If you don’t have it already, you can download our free CDCES Coach app and view or print the Cheat Sheets directly from the app.

These sheets and cards include information to study for certification exams and to use in your clinical setting. Plus, we have included teaching sheets for people with diabetes.


Studying for the CDCES Exam?
Join us for our free Preparing for the CDCES Exam Webinar on October 1st at 11:30 am

FREE webinar, October 1, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


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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.

CGMs Lead to Cost Savings

For people with type 1 diabetes, access to Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) technology, is considered a standard of care by most experts.

There is plenty of research that demonstrates CGM use is associated with not only improved A1c but significantly decreases time in hypoglycemic range and ketoacidosis rates.

Researchers wondered if this translates into cost savings?

YES.
According to a study presented at the Heart in Diabetes virtual meeting.

After three years of follow-up, the savings were substantial.

  • Multiple daily injection plus CGM users saved between $5,777 and $8,549.
  • CGM users with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion saved between $2,732 and $4,753 per person, compared with non-CGM users.

“In this study, we showed that it didn’t make any difference how you deliver insulin,” Grunberger said. “This difference is in how you monitor glucose.”

George Grunberger, MD, FACP, MACE, Chairman Grunberger Diabetes Institute and more

Glucose Crises are Expensive

According to Grunberger, the cost of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) in the U.S. is over 5 billion dollars a year.

Having a CGM reduces DKA rates, hospitalization, and leads to cost savings.

A study in the United Kingdom showed that for 900 people using the Freestyle Libre (Abbott), DKA episodes were reduced by 80% within six months of using this device.

A study in Belgium followed 1,913 people with type 1 diabetes using the Freestyle Libre CGM.

Not only did they see a dramatic reduction in hospitalizations from DKA and hypoglycemia, but the researchers also observed a fifty percent drop in work absenteeism.

The data shows CGM’s are associated with cost savings due to less diabetes emergencies and decreased work absenteeism.

Full Story: Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (8/31) 


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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.

DSMT and Telehealth Approval Update – Good News

The provision of Diabetes Self Management and Training (DSMT) has drastically changed since the COVID-19 pandemic.

In most health settings, in-person visits have been dramatically reduced. This is particularly difficult during a time of crisis when people with diabetes most need to connect with health care professionals for sound advice and coaching.

In addition, there has been confusion about which professionals are eligible to offer and bill for DSMT via telehealth.

Good News!

CMS has updated guidance to clarify that all accredited diabetes self-management training providers may furnish and bill for telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

ADCES Advocacy Group

In early August the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated Guidelines that expand and clarify who is eligible to provide DSMT in a variety of health care settings. Now, there is more clarity about eligible telehealth providers and billing

By adding DSMT programs to the list of eligible providers of telehealth services, the final regulatory barriers preventing registered nurses and pharmacists from furnishing DSMT services via telehealth has been removed.

This means, that no matter the health care setting, recognized DSMT programs that are eligible to bill Medicare Part B directly for DSMT services, can be provided and bill for self-management training by accredited providers. In addition, the telehealth approval includes audio (if that is all that is available) as well as video platforms.

This clarification and expansion is in part due to the excellent work by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) Advocacy Team. Thank you for your excellent work.

The hope is that the ability to provide telehealth services to people living with diabetes will extend past the COVID pandemic since it is offering many participants an alternate way to receive valuable care and education.

For some very helpful information on eligible staff and telehealth billing, click here to review ADCES’ updated FAQ page.

Other Helpful Telehealth Resources

These tools can be implemented with individuals before and after DSMES engagement to assess the effectiveness of telehealth services.

TUQ: Telehealth Usability Questionnaire:

DES: Diabetes Empowerment Scale Short Form:

SDCA: Summary of Diabetes Self Care Activities Measure:


Setting Up a Successful Diabetes Program | FREE Webinar

Join live August 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (PST)

Watch for Free or 1.5 CEs | $29.00

This program provides you with a succinct overview of the latest standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Support Programs. It also provides insights into the exam philosophy and also highlights critical content areas.

Topics include:

  • Describe steps involved in setting up a DSMES Program
  • List DSMES program essentials
  • Discuss marketing strategies for success

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


We are now offering the option to join the Level 2 Webinars live stream for free!

“Excellent as usual! Love Bev’s passion and energy. Thank you for all you do, I appreciate you plenty!! You guys are the absolute best as offering individuals that are not in need of CEs the opportunity to benefit by listening to the content without financial strain is huge, especially during these unprecedented times of furlough/layoff. Thank you and stay well”

Free viewing without CEs – This option is available for those who want to join the live stream of the Level 2 webinars(s), but don’t need CEs. More info here.

Need CEs? You can purchase the course, which includes the live stream webinar, recorded on-demand videos, podcast, handouts, and additional resources. Register here.

Watch 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.*  

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.

Smart Insulin Pen Delivers for All Ages

The InPen smartpen, by Companian Medical, is now FDA approved for all ages!

The Inpen is a reusable battery-powered insulin pen that uses insulin cartridges. It is approved for use with three different insulins; Novolog, Humalog, and Fiasp. It can deliver insulin in half-unit doses plus it monitors insulin temperature. The battery lasts for a year and requires no charging.

“We are excited that we can help younger children and even more parents navigate the challenges associated with Type 1 diabetes. Now anyone can safely use InPen to help make decisions around insulin dosing, no matter what their age,”

Sean Saint, CEO and co-founder of Companion Medical.

What makes the InPen so unique?

In addition to all these features, the InPen Bluetooth enabled software allows users to connect to a FREE app on their Apple iOS or Android mobile device to track and share insulin dosing and glucose levels.

New users enter their insulin to carb ratios and insulin sensitivity along with target glucose into the app settings. Based on that data, the software helps to calculate the insulin dose needed and alerts users to insulin on board to prevent stacking (which can help reduce hypoglycemia.)

People can use Inpen in combination with CGM or traditional glucose monitoring and reports can be shared with providers and caretakers

Here is what InPen users can track on the app dashboard:

  • Active insulin
  • Insulin dose reminders
  • Personalized insulin dose based on current blood glucose, carbs to be consumed, and insulin on board.
  • Automatically logs insulin dose delivered
  • Syncs with CGM and glucose meter.

The InPen requires a prescription and is covered by many insurance companies in the United States. Most InPen users pay a $35 copay. Companion Medical has a co-pay assistance program for people without insurance coverage – more info here.

As a Diabetes Specialist, I am excited to share information on these new and emerging options to deliver insulin therapy that reduce the burden of diabetes self-management and improve connections to caregivers and providers.

Thanks for reading our Tech Thursday Blog! More info on InPen Here .


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 addresses:

  • 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.

Watch 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.*  

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.

Technology Toolkit Rescheduled | You are invited!

Live Stream Webinar Date Change

Due to technical difficulty during our July 21st course, we are re-recording session 1 and adding a new date for session 2. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience.

New Dates | Join us live on July 28th and 30th
3 CEs | $59.00

July 28 |Tech 101 – Pumps and Sensors Update and Overview | 11:30 am PDT

Join Coach Beverly for an overview of the complex world of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. This webinar will discuss the features of available technologies, basic functions and how to integrate these into our practice. We will discuss the benefits, considerations and critical information to share with clients and providers.

July 30 | Tech 102 – Insulin Pump Calculations; From basal to square bolus | 11:30 am PDT

Determining basal and bolus rates for insulin pumps can seem overwhelming. This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios and how to problem solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target. Included is a discussion on DKA recognition and an explanation of the safe use of technology in the hospital setting.

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.

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.

Technology Toolkit Rescheduled| Pumps and Sensors + Insulin Pump Calculations

Live Stream Webinar Date Change

Due to technical difficulty during our July 21st course, we are re-recording session 1 and adding a new date for session 2. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience.

Join us live on July 28th and 30th
3 CEs | $59.00

July 28 |Tech 101 – Pumps and Sensors Update and Overview | 11:30 am PDT

Join Coach Beverly for an overview of the complex world of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. This webinar will discuss the features of available technologies, basic functions and how to integrate these into our practice. We will discuss the benefits, considerations and critical information to share with clients and providers.

July 30 | Tech 102 – Insulin Pump Calculations; From basal to square bolus | 11:30 am PDT

Determining basal and bolus rates for insulin pumps can seem overwhelming. This course provides participants with a step-by-step approach to determine basal rates, bolus ratios and how to problem solve when blood glucose levels aren’t on target. Included is a discussion on DKA recognition and an explanation of the safe use of technology in the hospital setting.

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.

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.

New Rapid Bolus Insulin Approved

This newly FDA approved rapid-acting insulin analog is aimed at reducing post-meal glucose spikes.

Lyumjev also known as insulin lispro-aabc, is approved for adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, can be taken before meals or even 20 minutes into the meal.

Insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) by Lilly is comparable to Fiasp by Novo Nordisk since they are both very rapid-acting insulins that are detectable in the circulation within minutes of injection.

Insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) appears in circulation approximately 1 minute after injection, peaks at 57 minutes and has an effective duration of about four to five hours. The safety and effectiveness of pediatrics with diabetes has not been established.

Description:

Insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) is produced by recombinant DNA technology using a non-pathogenic strain of E coli. Insulin lispro-aabc differs from human insulin due to a switching of lysine and proline in the B28 and B29 position. Its chemical name is Lys(B28), Pro(B29) human insulin analog. See the package insert for more information.

Lys(B28), Pro(B29) human insulin lispro-aabc

Pricing:
Insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) will be offered at the same price as lispro (Humalog). Lilly will also offer Lyumjev at $35 per month for people who are uninsured or have commercial insurance through its Insulin Value Program. The $35 cap applies regardless of the number of insulin doses required.

How supplied:
Insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) comes in two strengths: U-100 (100 units per milliliter) and U-200 (200 units per milliliter) and a variety of delivery options, including the Junior KwikPen® which allows for 0.5 unit dosing increments.

Lyumjev Injection: 100 units/mL (U-100) available as:
• 10 mL multiple-dose vial
– 3 mL 300 unit KwikPen® (5 pens)
• 3 mL 300 unit Junior KwikPen® 0.5 unit dose increment (5 pens)
• 3 mL 300 unit Tempo Pen™ (5 pens)
• 3 mL 300 unit cartridges (5 cartridges)

Lyumjev Injection: 200 units/mL (U-200) available as:
• 3 mL KwikPen® (2 pens with 600 units each)

Storage:
Discard opened or unopened insulin lispro-aabc (Lyumjev) vials, pens, and cartridges stored at room temperature below 86°F (30°C) after 28 days.

Stay tuned for more new insulin approvals and updates to our Insulin PocketCards!


We are expanding our Online University. 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.

Rising HgbA1c Levels in Youth Despite Advanced Technologies | Tech Thursday

Young adults and youth with diabetes in the United States have rising HgbA1c’s despite advances in diabetes technologies.

At the recent virtual ADA Scientific Sessions, Faisal Malik MD, MSHS, shared findings from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth studies, which are funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and the CDC.

According to Dr. Faisal Malik, by comparing results found in 2002-2007 (HbA1c mean, 8.6%) SEARCH studies to more recent data from 2014-2019 (HbA1c mean, 8.7%), we see that glycemic responses continue to rise for younger people.

“These results suggest that not all youth and young adults with diabetes are directly benefiting from the increased availability of diabetes technology, newer therapies, and the use of more aggressive glycemic targets for youth with diabetes over time,” said Dr. Faisal Malik.

Supporting Young Adults Living with Diabetes

For many, our teenage years and early adulthood are challenging, this pivotal time in our lives becomes even more challenging when we have the responsibility of managing diabetes. This population needs a lot of support.

We can offer more support through an increase of interventions including support groups, scheduled routine follow up visits, family and peer support groups, in addition to the newer therapies and advanced technology.

In addition, support networks like The College Diabetes Network for college-age youth transitioning to college is another resource for this age group.

This age group needs our support, empathy, and compassion, to successfully meet the challenges of managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Written by Catherine Cullinane RN, CDCES, our resident Tech Thursday Content Writer

Read more here and here.


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.

Click here to download Level 3 + Expert Bundle flyer


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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.

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