Premier Academy360™ and the American Diabetes Association® Partner to Provide No-Cost Accredited Continuing Education on Diabetes and Eye Health for VSP Network Doctors

A360 and ADA

Rancho Cordova, Calif., September 21, 2020 - As part of a larger initiative between VSP Global® and the American Diabetes Association® (ADA), today, the VSP Global Premier Program announced it will offer an ADA-accredited virtual continuing education (CE) course to all VSP network doctors at no cost through Premier Academy360. The complimentary COPE-approved virtual CE course is designed to help optometrists expand their understanding of the prevalence, risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes and prediabetes.

People living with diabetes (34.2 million Americans) and prediabetes (88 million Americans) face an increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy - the leading cause of blindness in working age adults. The good news is, 95% of diabetes-related eye disease is preventable with early detection.

"Optometrists are critical members of the broader healthcare team that provides comprehensive care for the millions of Americans living with diabetes,” said Valerie Sheety-Pilon, O.D., Vice President, Eye Care Solutions, VSP Global. “By expanding these educational resources to more VSP network doctors, we can better support them and their important work to save sight through the prevention and treatment of diabetic eye disease.”

More than 500 doctors attended an early offering of the ADA-accredited CE course in July where 95% of attendees agreed that the content provided in the webinar gave them the knowledge to enhance their current practice.

The course can be accessed in two different ways to provide doctors options that best fit their needs:

  1. At your own pace: Four (4) 15-minute modules through the Premier Academy360 eLearning courses. Participants will earn 1.0 COPE continuing education credit for completion of the entire 4-part series.

  2. Live webinar: One-hour live COPE-approved course that will be offered next on October 22, and November 10, 2020.

Course Details:

  • The course emphasizes the role of eye care professionals on the diabetes care team; prevalence, risk factors, and diagnosis of diabetes; prediabetes and type 2 diabetes prevention; controlling blood glucose; and diabetes management and self-management.
  • Developed by the American Diabetes Association.
  • Presented by diabetes and eye care experts:
    • Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, Chous Eye Care Associates, Tacoma, WA, and Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
    • Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO, Grin Eye Care, Olathe, KS
    • Amy Butts, MPAS, PA-C, CDCES, BC-ADM, Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV

Additional eLearning courses developed by the ADA are scheduled throughout the fall and into 2021 for doctors and practice staff. Later this year, Premier Academy360 will announce a Diabetes Educational Program that will further support VSP network doctors differentiate their practice and attract new patients.

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About VSP Global

VSP Global is a doctor-governed company that exists to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors. Their industry-leading businesses include VSP® Vision Care, the only national not-for-profit vision benefits company, which provides access to eye care for nearly 90 million members through a network of over 40,000 doctors worldwide; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and distributors of high-quality eyewear and sunwear; VSP Optics, industry leaders in ophthalmic technology and lab services, providing custom lens solutions for the vision and lifestyle needs of patients; Eyefinity®, the industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software; VSP Retail, which focuses on increasing access to eye care and eyewear through multiple channels, and VSP® Ventures, which offers care-focused, customized choices for doctors looking to transition their practice.

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