Newly Enhanced Danatech Website Includes CGM Insurance Lookup Tool
All healthcare professionals who care for people with diabetes now have access to a wealth of vital information about the latest diabetes technology in one place through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists’ (ADCES) newly revamped danatech website.
Launched in 2018 to provide this information to diabetes care and education specialists, danatech has been updated, redesigned and enhanced. ADCES now provides free open access to danatech to all healthcare professionals, from the nurse who is trying to determine if insurance will cover a prescription for a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to the provider who wants to compare the various insulin pumps to the radiologist who wants to know whether a patient should remove their device before having an MRI. Visitors to the site also access training and education on the devices, including many for continuing education (CE/CME) credit. Many of these offerings are free.
“The number of people with diabetes is skyrocketing and there aren’t nearly enough specialists to treat them all, healthcare professionals in multiple practice settings are caring for people with diabetes,” said Leslie Kolb, DrPH, MBA. BSN, RN, chief science, practice and learning officer for ADCES. “But many are not familiar with the multitude of new technologies and devices available to those who need them the most. These technologies and devices generate the data that allows for effective care planning and danatech helps healthcare professionals get up to speed so they can collaborate with their patients most effectively to self-manage their diabetes.”
The easy-to-navigate site includes information on apps and digital therapeutics that are designed to prevent, manage and/or treat diabetes and features:
- CGM insurance lookup tool – To determine which insurance pays for a CGM prescription, healthcare staff inputs the payer, plan information (e.g. commercial insurance, Medicare, etc.) and state. The tool provides a link to the policy (if published) as well as to the prior authorization request form. The insurance company’s phone and fax numbers are included as well.
- Information for all brands of CGMs, insulin pumps and insulin/medicine delivery systems, including:
- The ability to find and compare devices to determine which will work best. Information about the technology, including features, specifications, affordability information and troubleshooting tips
- Free and fee-based training and education for CE/CME on the various devices, including online learning, webcasts and podcasts and the diabetes technology competencies for all levels of the care team and support staff in various care settings to deliver comprehensive diabetes management and support to people living with diabetes.
- Three certificate programs: Putting Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Into Practice, Connected Insulin Devices and The Art of Telehealth.
“While some of these resources are available elsewhere, it’s piecemeal, whereas danatech brings it all together,” said Kolb. “For example, if a provider wants to compare insulin pumps to determine which would be best for a patient, they’d have to visit each of the manufacturer’s websites individually. Now they don’t.”
ADCES is collecting feedback on danatech and will continue to add content to the site to ensure it is always updated with the latest technologies and information.
About the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists:
ADCES is an interdisciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 12,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working to optimize care and reduce complications. ADCES supports an integrated care model that lowers the cost of care, improves experiences and helps its members lead so better outcomes follow. Learn more at DiabetesEducator.org, or visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes) and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).