A Game Changer - Pharmacist Friendly Path to Part B Reimbursement for Diabetes Education

April 27, 2010

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) have successfully launched a new diabetes self-management training program for community pharmacy. The program, entitled Diabetes Accreditation Standards-Practical Applications (DASPA), will expand counseling options for patients while offering community pharmacies a path to apply to be compensated by Medicare and other insurers for diabetes management. 

The DASPA program is designed to equip community pharmacists with the clinical components of providing diabetes education, the business aspects of program management, and the expertise to accredit a DSME/T program through AADE, one of only three accrediting bodies nationwide that leads to billing eligibility. Through the DASPA program, composed of online and live training, pharmacists will obtain 25 ACPE continuing pharmacy education contact hours. Upon completion of the program, pharmacists will have the skills necessary to implement a successful diabetes education program and pursue accreditation. More information about how you can take advantage of this opportunity is now available atwww.ncpanet.org//calendarncpa/2010_daspa_conf.php. The first live portion of the program is being introduced as pre-programming to the Missouri Pharmacy Association Annual Convention and Tradeshow, June 9-10, 2010, in Branson, Missouri. 

First announced in September of last year, the NCPA-AADE partnership will allow community pharmacists to obtain the training to conduct intensive, comprehensive educational classes targeted to diabetes patients to ensure every measure is being incorporated to improve their health outcomes and ultimately lower costs. The training will be provided by AADE, the recognized leader in DSME/T, and NCPA. Diabetes affects 23.6 million Americans (with 57 million having pre-diabetes) at a cost of $174 billion, according to 2007 data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

"The opportunity for community pharmacists who do not have the CDE credential to provide diabetes self-management education and be reimbursed for their time is a game-changer for pharmacists who want to help their patients as well as diversify their revenue stream with classes and companion sales, said William Popomaronis, RPh, NCPA Vice President, Long-Term and Home Health Care Pharmacy Services. "We are excited to partner with AADE on this initiative and expect that many of our members will seize on this opportunity, because they know a better educated diabetes patient can avoid the more debilitating, but preventable, aspects that come from the disease," added Popomaronis. 

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

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