DSMES for Health Care Providers
Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) improves health outcomes for your patients with diabetes. When they participate in DSMES, your patients will learn how to manage their blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, along with other key self-management habits.
Referring patients to DSMES can also help you meet follow-up care guidelines. Your patients will work with a certified diabetes care and education specialist. This licensed health care professional will provide training, counseling, and follow-up activities for your patients that support your plan of care.
DSMES is highly effective in improving health and diabetes management skills, but less than 7% of eligible patients participate within the first year of diagnosis. Health care providers like you are the best way to increase DSMES access.
- When they are diagnosed with diabetes.
- During health care appointments.
- When new health complications arise.
- When other life changes occur that could make diabetes management harder.
When you refer patients for DSMES services, let them know that people who have the knowledge, skills and support to manage their diabetes effectively are often healthier than those who don’t. DSMES will help them to improve their blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C levels, keep their blood pressure on target, better manage their cholesterol, save money on diabetes supplies, and much more.
Insurance coverage of DSMES varies, but many plans cover diabetes education. Medicare covers up to 10 hours of diabetes education for people diagnosed in the past year. After the first year, coverage may change. Note that Medicare refers to DSMES as diabetes self-management training (DSMT).
- DSMES Toolkit – A comprehensive collection of tools and guides for implementing and supporting DSMES services.
- Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Consensus Report – See more of the data behind how DSMES can improve patients’ outcomes.
- Increasing Referrals and Overcoming Barriers to Participation– Get more information and support for referring patients to DSMES.
- When Diabetes Self-Management Education Is Emergency Medicine – Learn how DSMES can help people manage their diabetes during hard times.
- Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists – Find diabetes education programs in your area through ADCES.
- American Diabetes Association – Find local diabetes education programs through ADA.
- You Can Thrive With Diabetes (PDF) – Share this flyer from the ADA and ADCES with patients who are interested in diabetes education.
- Education and Support Information – Send patients this patient-friendly information on how DSMES services help people with diabetes learn how to take the best care of themselves.
- Managing Diabetes – Provide patients with more background on diabetes education programs.