TUCSON (KVOA) - TMCOne, an affiliate of TMC Healthcare that provides specialty care for adults and children, has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
TMC Healthcare sent out a news release Wednesday announcing the TMCOne Pediatric Endocrinology diabetes self-management education service has been awarded recognition from the ADA for offering “high-quality education to patients.”
According to the release, the ADA education recognition effort is a voluntary process, which assures that approved education services have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education services.
Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management. Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment, TMC Healthcare said.
One consequence of compliance with the national standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes, according to the release. The participant in an ADA-recognized service learns self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen.
All approved education services develop individualized education plans that include topics such as disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring, preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal-setting and problem-solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management, according to TMC Healthcare.
It said assuring high-quality education for participants, self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition Program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major role in the responsibility for the management of the disease, the release said.
According to TMC Healthcare, self-management education may help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes.
“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” commented Dr. Chetanbabu Patel M.D. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality self-management education services.”
TMCOne has 13 locations in and around Tucson.