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Diabetes Self Management Education and Support

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Diabetes Self Management Education and Suport (DSMES) 

DSMES is a great service recommended for people with type 2 diabetes. The service can be tailored to meet individual needs or provided in a group setting.  DSMES can be provided via telehealth however, at this time there are no locations in Florida where this is being provided.

DSMES services provide people with information to help manage diabetes, such as:

  • Understanding what the disease is
  • How your medication works
  • What foods are best to eat
  • Being active
  • Coping with emotions and stress
  • Working with your provider to get needed support
  • Self-management tools and apps
  • Reducing your risk for other health problems

How do you know you are receiving quality DSME?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) authorizes two organizations, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) to certify DSMES programs as meeting the national standards.  The designation of ADA recognition or AADE accreditation assures participants in these DSMES programs that they are receiving quality services[1].

DSMES is covered by insurance.

DSMES is a private insurance covered service per 627.6408 Florida Statute. If you have any difficulty with insurance coverage of diabetes self-management education, contact the Office of Insurance Regulation Consumer Hotline at 1-877-693-5236.

Find an ADA-recognized DSMES program near you:

American Diabetes Association - Provider Search Page

Find an AADE-accredited DSMES program near you:

American Association of Diabetes Educators - Florida Programs

 

County health departments (CHDs) are leaders in diabetes prevention and management. The following CHDs offer quality diabetes prevention programs and/or diabetes self-management education services.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 334-7962

Florida Department of Health in Baker County
480 West Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063
904-259-6291 X 5250

Florida Department of Health in Bay County
Advanced Diabetes Self-Management Education
597 W 11Th St, Panama City, FL 32401-2330
(850) 252-9606

Florida Department of Health in Duval County
A New DEAL DSME Program
900 University Blvd N, Ste 606, Jacksonville, FL 32211-5589
(904) 253-2639

Florida Department of Health in Jackson County
4979 Healthy Way, Marianna, FL 32446-7993
(850) 526-2412

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
2801 Kennedy Street, Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 326-3200

Florida Department of Health in Jackson County
4979 Healthy Way, Marianna, FL 32446-7993
(850) 526-2412

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DSMES Accreditation and Recognition Process. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/dsmes-toolkit/accreditation-recognition/index.html. Accessed October 29, 2019.