Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Increasing Access to Diabetes Self-Management Education

Diabetes self-management education/training (DSME/T) is an evidence-based critical point of care program for people with diabetes that can delay or prevent diabetic complications. The objectives of DSME/T include:
-Support informed decision making
-Promote self-care behaviors
-Initiate problem solving
-Promote active collaboration with the health care team
-Improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life

Data published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicate that less than 7% of privately insured adults with newly diagnosed diabetes from 2009 to 2012 joined a self-management education and training program. Researchers found that older adults and insulin-treated patients were more likely to join such initiatives.

In Colorado, we are working to increase referral to and utilization of this evidence-based program. To find an American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) accredited program, click here. To find an American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized program click here and select Colorado. DSME/T is a covered benefit under Medicare and private health insurance plans.

For more information about DSME/T please contact Kelly McCracken at kelly.mccracken@state.co.us or Becky DiOrio at becky.diorio@state.co.us

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