Diabetes Self-Management Education

Meet one on one with a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (formally known as a Certified Diabetes Educator).

Diabetes education provided by a DCES can help people with all types of diabetes better manage their blood glucose, develop coping skills to address the daily challenges of the disease, reduce the risks for complications, decrease costs by reducing or eliminating the need for medications and emergency room visits.

A DCES works with you to develop a management plan that fits your lifestyle, beliefs and culture. They will help you understand how to use devices like meters, insulin pens, pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices; and use the information from these devices and your lifestyle to identify patterns and opportunities for improvement. You will work together to find solutions to address your most pressing challenges. 

Diabetes may not have a cure, but you can manage it and live well. Ask your primary care provider about working with a diabetes care and education specialist. (Excerpted from ADCES website)

Medicare and most health insurance plans cover diabetes education through an accredited diabetes education program, which has met vigorous criteria set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Kittitas Valley Healthcare’s accreditation runs through 2023 before renewal is necessary.

A Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (DCES) must complete significant training in diabetes management. All DCES must:

Be a licensed healthcare profession such as a Registered Nurse, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, or Physician,
Be a registered healthcare professional such as a Dietitian, Physician Assistant, Exercise Physiologist, or Master level health educator.

Have professional experience including a minimum of 2 year in practice experience; 1000 hours of providing diabetes education, and recent continuing education credits.

Pass a rigorous certification exam.

Have at least 15 hours a year of continuing education in diabetes.

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