Frequently Asked Questions


Is DASPA a diabetes certificate program?

No. DASPA is not a diabetes certificate program. The DASPA program is a two-part continuing education program that provides pharmacists with extensive education and training to complete the steps required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for pharmacists to offer a recognized diabetes education program in their communities. CMS only acknowledges facilities accredited or "site recognized" to bill Part B for diabetes self-management education / training (DSME/T) services.

The DASPA program includes an online AND live component. Attendees are required to complete the NCPA live ($895) and AADE online ($345) sections to complete DASPA training. The link for the NCPA live program is http://www.ncpanet.org/conferences-events/daspa/registration-information, and the link for the AADE online program is https://www.diabeteseducator.org/product/ABC001. (Note: Pharmacists serving as diabetes education program instructors must provide evidence during the application process that their continuing education is diabetes-specific, diabetes-related, and/or behavior change self- management education strategies-specific. These two programs satisfy the 15 hours of continuing education on an annual basis required to apply for AADE facility accreditation.)

Does completion of the DASPA program allow me to bill Medicare Part B?

No. completion of the DASPA course is a step toward billing for reimbursement. Most payers, including Medicare, require a DSME/T program to be accredited to be eligible for reimbursement. After completing the DASPA course, the participant will be better prepared to implement the requirements needed to meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) for accreditation. When the pharmacist has prepared the facility for accreditation, then an application should be sent to an accrediting body such as AADE. Click here for more information on becoming an accredited program. Upon approval of your application, your program will become an accredited program that is eligible for reimbursement.

Please note that accreditation does not guarantee reimbursement. Although most payers require that a DSME/T program have accreditation, reimbursement criteria vary. Many private payers require that provider agreements be in place prior to providing reimbursement.

How many DASPA programs will be offered each year?

The exact number of programs will vary each calendar year.

Is DASPA a basic 101 diabetes education course?

No. The DASPA program assumes you have some clinical competency and basic understanding of the disease state. The DASPA program will review the components of basic care for patients with diabetes. The core component of the program is to teach participants how to build a successful diabetes education program which meets the National Standards for DSME and is eligible for accreditation.

Do you have to be a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to take the DASPA course?

No. This course is designed to instruct pharmacists and other appropriate health professionals who may not hold the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE®) credential or Advanced Diabetes Management certification on how to effectively provide diabetes self-management education and training. A pharmacy can become an accredited DSME/T program without having a CDE on staff. It should be noted that at least one of the site instructors must be a pharmacist, registered nurse, or registered dietitian. Participants may use the experience hours gained by providing DSME/T in their accredited pharmacy as a stepping stone to meeting some of the credentialing/certification requirements.

Do I need to complete the DASPA program to apply for accreditation by AADE?

No. The DASPA program is not a requirement for becoming a Certified Provider of DSME/T. However, the program will provide participants with key tools and knowledge to use in the pharmacy and develop a practice that will be better prepared for the accreditation process. During the DASPA program, participants will learn to put together a practice that has the necessary components and documents to meet the National Standards for DSME. The program also teaches participants the business elements of operating a successful DSME/T program.

To be eligible for accreditation as a Diabetes Education Accreditation Program by AADE, the DSME/T program must provide outpatient services and have fully implemented the National Standards for DSME.

For more information about the AADE Diabetes Education Accreditation Program, visit: http://www.diabeteseducator.org/ProfessionalResources/accred/