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According to a 2014 CDC/AADE analysis of health claims from people with private health plans and newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, less than 7% of patients were ever referred for DSMES, though 83% of those who are referred end up participating in diabetes education programs.

In 2015, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics issued a joint position statement on the importance of DSME in type 2 diabetes. The position statement includes an evidence-based diabetes education algorithm that visually depicts when to refer people with type 2 diabetes to DSME and defines four critical times for delivery of DSMES:

  • At diagnosis

  • During annual assessment

  • When a person with diabetes has new complicating factors

  • Upon transitions in care

Below is a full-page version of the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: ALGORITHM ACTION STEPS.


The Value of Diabetes Education



  • How do I refer a patient?
    Fax a referral to 610.646.5416 or call 484.329.0796 to request referral pads be sent to your office.
  • What happens post-referral?
    Referral received via HIPAA-compliant online form or via fax Outbound call made to patient within 24 hours Call made to insurance plan to obtain eligibility & benefit details Patient enrolled & confirmation sent to patient Reminder call/text/email sent to patient 24-48 hours before session and reminders for each Subsequent session Once education complete, note sent to referring provider
  • Where are sessions held?
    At West Chester University or West Chester East High School Telehealth sessions also available
  • What are the goals of the program?
    Improve self-care knowledge and skills Increase compliance with self-care regimen Increase compliance with medication regimen Shorten length of stay for inpatient hospitalizations Improve glycemic control as demonstrated by decreased A1c values Decrease ER visits
  • Why should I refer my patients?
    Teaching all the different components to diabetes self-management takes time. The Empower DSME program is YOUR support system. Refer your patients to DSME for comprehensive education and behavior modification. Your referral + DSME education = Patient success!
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