Diabetes Self-Management Program
Our Diabetes and Endocrine Center holds the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to recognize quality diabetes education. This certification ensures that programs meet the ADA's National Standards for Diabetes.
Our diabetes educators will empower you to make good choices to help keep you healthy. This information and support will give you the tools to manage your diabetes with confidence.
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To find a diabetes specialist:
Meet individually with an experienced certified diabetes educator to review your medical history and your current diabetes condition. Your individual consultation sessions will be tailored to meet your specific needs.
Diabetes Education Class: Group or Individual Sessions Offered
After your initial assessment, you will be invited to attend our group or individual education series. Group sessions are offered monthly. Topics include an introduction to diabetes, meal planning (recipe planner, understanding food labels, carbohydrate counting), exercise, complications and goal setting. Group topics, dates and times rotate to make it more convenient for you and your lifestyle.
Living Well with Diabetes Management Support Group
We know it's comforting to be with people who understand where you are coming from, and who might have some experience on how to manage this disease. This is why we created a support group - a gathering of caregivers and family/friends to discuss ways to effectively manage diabetes. Learn the latest information about medications, new tools and advances in diabetes. The Living Well with Diabetes Management Support Group is free.
Medical Nutritional Therapy
Medical Nutritional Therapy is used for such diagnosed as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or when you need more specific counseling to modify your diet and make changes in your daily behaviors. You will meet with a registered dietitian on an individual basis to create specific goals, care plans and methods to achieve optimal health.
Requirements for enrollment in the Diabetes Education Program:
- Diabetes diagnosis
- Physician referral
- As needed, lab results and history reports
- Insurance coverage information
Our staff will help you with verifying your insurance coverage. Many insurance companies cover all or most of the costs, but insurance plans do vary in their coverage and pre-authorization requirements. Please contact your insurance company to inquire about your coverage level.
Medicare patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes are eligible for diabetes self-management education. Eligible Medicare patients may receive initial training up to 10 hours during the first year, and follow-up training is limited to no more than two hours in each calendar year after the initial training is completed. Education can be authorized in the following ways:
- Initial Comprehensive Education Program: To be eligible, Medicare patients must never have received comprehensive diabetes education. Comprehensive diabetes education is a once in a lifetime benefit and must be completed within 12 months, not to exceed 10 hours in total.
- Follow-up Education: This is available beginning in the calendar year following the completed comprehensive education program. Follow-up education is allowable up to two hours in each calendar year.