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Diabetes Self Management Education

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Diabetes Self Management Education 

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.