Diabetes self-management education and support

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support, or DSMES, teaches participants how to eat healthy, be active, monitor blood sugar levels, take medication, problem solve, reduce risk for other health conditions, and cope with their disease. It is evidence-based and improves clinical outcomes, health status and quality of life.

Providers looking for additional information will find what they need on this page. DSMES is a reimbursable benefit by Medicaid, Medicare, and private payers. The typical benefit for DSMES is 1 hour of individual and 9 hours of group education within the 1st year of a diabetes diagnosis, and 2 hours of DSMES each year after (this may vary by private payers).

Become a recognized ADA or accredited AADE

There are two accrediting organizations recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Colorado Medicaid follows the CMS policy of requiring accreditation from one of these programs.

To promote quality education for people with diabetes, both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators endorse the 2017National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

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Join the DSMES monthly utilization calls

CDPHE and Telligen co-facilitate a monthly call, every third Wednesday, with active DSMES program staff. Because of the low prevalence of diabetes education amongst Coloradans affected by diabetes, the primary purpose of the calls is to provide an opportunity for partners to discuss barriers to DSMES utilization, share successes, and identify tools that may be helpful in increasing DSMES utilization throughout the state.

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