Those applying for recognition voluntarily submit to a rigorous review process by experts in the field of diabetes who evaluate each program on its ability to provide patients with a individualized education. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects nearly 17 million or 6.2% of the United States population. Each day approximately 2,740 people are diagnosed with the disease that is characterized by serious, costly, and potentially fatal complications. The total cost of diagnosed cases of diabetes in the U.S. in 2002 was estimated to be $92 billion. It is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States and has no cure. Diabetes education, though, can help prevent or delay the costly complications and enable people with diabetes to lead healthy, productive lives.
Medicare recently expanded their diabetes coverage and will pay for up to ten hours of education with an ADA certified program. The program includes instruction and classes in monitoring blood glucose, education about diet and exercise, and motivation on how to use the skills learned to self-manage diabetes. Insulin education is also available as needed.
Memorial Hospital is also proud to announce that our diabetes educator, Gail Meddles, RN has achieved the certified diabetes educator status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Candidates must meet rigorous education and professional practice experience requirements to be eligible to take the examination. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to patients and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for patients with diabetes. For more information about diabetes or Memorial Hospital’s diabetes education programs, call (937) 578-2580.