Diabetes and Prediabetes Prevention
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. About 1 in 10 people have diabetes in the U.S. 1 in 5 don’t know they have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. Diabetes can be managed. People who do not have diabetes can take steps to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Iowa is part of a national effort for health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management.
Diabetes Self-Management Education/Support (DSMES)
DSMES services provide people with diabetes with information and skills to manage the disease on a day-to-day basis. Tailored to individual needs, it is guided by evidence-based standards (CDC).
DSMES Toolkit - for providers
The purpose of the DSMES toolkit is to increase use of DSMES services among people with diabetes and promote healthcare provider referrals. Expanded use of DSMES can help ensure that all people with diabetes receive the support they need. The toolkit provides resources and tools in one place to assist with the development, promotion, implementation, and sustainability of DSMES services.
Outpatient DSMES Program State Certification
- Iowa HHS certifies diabetes outpatient education programs. Minimum criteria for quality programs are established through 641 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 9
- State Recertification Application for DSMES Programs
- State Initial Certification Application for DSMES Programs
- State-Certified Outpatient Diabetes Education Program Sites
Certification of a program is necessary to obtain reimbursement from Medicaid and some private insurers in the state of Iowa.