Program Provides Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
Northwood Deaconess Health Center has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association
of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) through the North Region Health Alliance. Accreditation represents a 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 Northwood and surrounding areas.
“This accreditation reinforces NDHC’s commitment to providing our patients the education and support needed to manage their diabetes care to maintain their health and well-being,” said Clinical Nurse Coordinator Stacey Jacobson.
Diabetes education services use a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with a diabetes educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.
“Evidence shows diabetes education and support is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” said Sacha U
elmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES. “That is why we need programs like the North Region Health Alliance in Northwood to make these services available in their community.”
ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 6 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.