Artesia General Hospital’s Diabetes Center has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), a National Accredited Organization for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Accreditation recognizes the Diabetes Center’s high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in the southeastern part of the state. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.
Diabetes education services utilize a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with an educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Susan Dade, RD, LD, CDE is Diabetes Educator at Artesia General Hospital.
“Healthy eating, physical activity, medication, and monitoring are all important parts of a daily routine for people with diabetes. It can be overwhelming! I come in to help patients manage their condition and be as healthy as possible,” says Susan Dade. Call 575.736.8520 to make an appointment with Susan in our Diabetes Center, located at 608 N. 13th St., Suite 600.
“Evidence shows diabetes education and support, like that offered by Artesia General Hospital Diabetes Center, is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” says Sacha Uelmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES.
ADCES, formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes.
Accredited programs must meet the 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 10 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle.