Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services
Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services provide the foundation to help people with diabetes navigate their treatment goals and decisions and improves health outcomes. As a provider managing patients with diabetes, providing DSMES referrals will help your patients acquire the necessary self-management skills for better outcomes.
Efficacy/Benefits of DSMES
DSMES has been shown to be cost-effective by reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, as well as estimated lifetime health care costs related to a lower risk for complications. DSMES has been shown to improve A1C by as much as 1% in people with type 2 diabetes.
The initial DSMES curriculum is typically provided by a health professional, often a certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES), whereas ongoing support can be provided by personnel within a practice and a variety of community-based resources. DSMES is reimbursed by Medicare and most insurers.
There are four critical times to assess, provide, and adjust DSME/S:
- with a new diagnosis of diabetes
- annually for health maintenance and prevention of complications
- when new complicating factors influence self-management
- when transitions in care occur