Become an Accredited Pharmacy in Diabetes Education

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Accreditation is the starting point for preparing and adding additional patient-care services into your pharmacy workflow. With DSMES, your pharmacy will go through preparations and develop processes for implementing classes, individual appointments, and learn the ins-and-outs of medical billing and documentation.  

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) grant funding is now available to help pharmacies become accredited sites for diabetes classes and education and be able to bill for these services. With DSMES site accreditation, not only are you giving patients with diabetes access to care and education that will result in positive health outcomes, but you are opening doors for pharmacists and pharmacies. Being an accredited site and billing for patient sessions and classes can bring new opportunities to pharmacies including innovative opportunities for medical billing and services provided by pharmacists.

*Important Note: The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is now the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) as of Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. The mission of ADCES is to empower diabetes educators to expand the horizons of innovative education, management, and support.  

As the only organization dedicated solely to diabetes education, ADCES has the expertise and resources required to support Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs. 

The Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) includes program flexibility, multi-site accreditation, a simple fee structure, and a stop-start online application with the ability to upload your supporting documents. DEAP not only supports sites in traditional settings but has significantly expanded program options for diabetes care professionals by offering improved support for community-based settings such as physician offices, pharmacies, churches, and community centers.

The MPA also works to support pharmacies and pharmacists in implementation of DSMES classes into their workflow to promote billing and reimbursement for services for a sustainable and successful program.

Our team takes pharmacies through the accreditation process as a cohort twice per year with no contractual commitment. This group setting allows pharmacies to learn from each other throughout and develop a network for continued support. The MPA staff and our pharmacist Implementation Coaches assist those pharmacies throughout the accreditation and application process. Afterwards, we continue to support the implementation and billing for these services with training webinars and opportunities for one-on-one training to get credentialed, contracted, and reimbursed. Medicare Part B and Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) reimburse pharmacies for DMSES programs and services as well as some commercial payers.

Introductory Webinar: Introduction to DSMES

Additional Resources:
Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP) FAQs
Medicare Reimbursement Guidelines for DSMT
Guide for Medicare Reimbursement
DSMES Toolkit


Your pharmacy commitment includes the following: 

  • Attend the DSMES ½ day Training Program at the MPA office in Jefferson City, Missouri on Friday, August 27th, 2021 (MUST attend in person).
  • Attend the 4 training 30-minute webinars (virtual via zoom) every other Wednesday from 12:00-12:30 pm on the following dates: September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th, and October 20th.
  • Purchase the AADE curriculum book (and receive reimbursement for it).
  • Have your example patient education sessions and charting completed by November 15th, 2021.
  • Finalize, submit, and pay for the ADCES application by December 1, 2021.

In return your pharmacy will receive:

  • Support, templates, tools, resources, and assistance to help you develop your program during and after the accreditation process.
  • Access to the MPA-developed patient-facing curriculum materials including editable PowerPoint slides, patient handouts, and charting and documentation templates.
  • Mentoring and Coaching throughout the accreditation and implementation process.
  • Reimbursement for the cost of the AADE Curriculum book (Approx. $150 Value)
  • Reimbursement for the ADCES application fee ($1100+ Value)

Grant funds are limited to pharmacies (pharmacists if applicable) licensed and practicing in the state of Missouri. Pharmacies applying for grant funding must also be active MPA business members.

Applications for grant funding due by August 1st, 2021 for our Fall Cohort. Grant funding is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis as funds are limited.

For any questions or additional information please email our Project Coordinator, Lauren Eichelberger, at [email protected]