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Diabetes Self Management Education

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Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) 

The best way to manage your diabetes is to take a diabetes self-management education (DSME) class. In Florida, DSME is covered by health insurance. Programs provided as a health benefit must meet national standards. DSME is NOT a 24-hour nurse hotline or a brochure. It is tailored to individual needs, but can be provided in a group setting. Group DSME classes provide a social networking component that increases success. DSME can be provided in person or via telehealth.  Telehealth is the use of technology to deliver health information.

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 DSME programs as meeting the national standards.  The designation of ADA recognition or AADE accreditation assures participants in these DSME programs that they are receiving quality services.

DSME is covered by insurance.

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 DSME program near you:

American Diabetes Association - Provider Search Page

Find an AADE-accredited DSME program near you:

American Association of Diabetes Educators - Florida Programs

Telehealth programs – Florida locations

Currently, there are no locations in Florida which offer accredited or recognized DSME via telehealth.  Programs will be listed here as they become available.

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

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 Ext. 5230

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