Apple Drugs Diabetes Center Earns Re-Accreditation and Meets National Standards
Fruitland, Maryland — Apple Drugs Diabetes Center has recently been re-accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The accreditation comes after an annual review process through the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP). The report revealed that Apple remains in compliance with the National Standards.
“The review process forces us to go back and review our patient’s outcomes,” said John Motsko, certified diabetes educator.” “We also have to meet certain standards such as all instructors at the center completing at least fifteen hours of continuing education, a biannual meeting of our advisory team and compliance with HIPPA regulations.”
Apple’s Diabetes Center sets standard outcomes on patient behavior. For example, did the patient do something different to reach a self-selected goal? The goals can be focused on healthy eating, medication compliance, checking blood sugar, becoming more active and weight reduction. The standard set by DEAP is 75% achievement of this goal. Sixty Apple patients participated in the goal setting portion and over 75% achieved their goal.
Clinical outcomes were also measured. The average reduction in A1C was 1.38 and the reduction in BMI (body mass index) was 4.98. The A1C measure is a calculated average of a patient’s blood sugar over the past 3 months. For this group of patients the average blood sugar was reduced from 206 to about 156. The BMI or body mass index is calculated on the combination of a patient’s weight and height. For a patient 70 inches tall and weighing 235 pounds, the reduction would equate to about a 20 pound weight loss A total of 160 patients with diabetes used Apple diabetes services in 2012
“The goal of the Apple Drugs Diabetes Center is to empower the patient with diabetes to take an active role in the management of their disease of diabetes, and to partner with them and their health care provider to give patients a better quality of life and to reduce overall health care expenses. We intend to do this in a comfortable and accessible setting” said John Motsko, RPh, CDE, program coordinator.
“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Apple Drugs Diabetes Center is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”
Apple Drugs Diabetes Center, located at 404 N. Fruitland Blvd, Salisbury MD 21801 offers diabetes education classes at Apple Discount Drugs, Fruitland location on the last 3 Wednesdays of the month at 1:00PM-4:00 PM and 5:00- 8:00 PM. There will be a series of three 3 hour classes per month on various topics related to diabetes self-management and education. The next two class series begin on February 6th and March 20th. Please contact John Motsko to register or for more information. 410-749-8401, option 5.