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Diabetes self-management education (DSME)

Our diabetes management program and educational toolkit gives providers the tools to help improve the health of members living with diabetes by limiting complications.

Refer patients to a DSME

To improve outcomes for members with type 2 diabetes, providers are encouraged to refer patients to a diabetes self-management education (DSME) program.

Many adults with diabetes often lack self-care tools. An accredited DSME can teach members 60 and older how to better manage the disease and its associated complications. Studies show that patients who participate in DSME programs are more likely to:

  • Use primary care and preventive services
  • Be more proactive in their care
  • Have delayed onset or escalation of diabetes
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Have improved clinical outcomes, such as better control of their HbA1c levels, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol
  • Have lower health care costs

Reference the DSME provider toolkit

All it takes is a referral! Refer patients to a local DSME with the help of the DSME Provider Toolkit. As part of the Pennsylvania Community-Clinical Integration Initiative (PA CCI), the Medicaid MCO Provider Education Materials Resource Toolkit was developed through a partnership with the Health Promotion Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and managed care organizations throughout the state.

Reference the toolkit to help patients understand diabetes, and to locate programs, disease information, and other online resources.