Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

JOIN ADCES

Practice Resources

DSMES: An Essential Service for Improved Outcomes

The evidence is clear, diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) improves A1C, reduces the onset/worsening of diabetes-related complications, enhances the quality of life and fosters healthy coping strategies to decrease diabetes-related distress. However, to ensure DSMES is available to every person affected by diabetes, prediabetes or other cardiometabolic conditions, it is essential that health systems, payers, providers and the diabetes care team work together to reduce barriers and improve access. In 2020, ADCES joined with six other healthcare organizations to co-publish a consensus report outlining compelling evidence for the increased utilization of DSMES.


Consensus Report

Diabetes Self-management Education and Support in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: A Consensus Report

The consensus report was developed by authors from ADCES, the American Diabetes Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of PAs, the American Association of NursePractitioners, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Pharmacists Association. The joint effort provides details on the four key times to implement DSMES and specific recommendations for both clinicians and the health system to increase access to and participation in DSMES services.  

Key points addressed in this paper: 

  1. Evidence on the value of DSMES in adults with type 2 diabetes.
  2. The four key times to implement DSMES services.
  3. Specific recommendations for payers, providers and health systems to improve access and utilization of DSMES.
  4. Importance of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in a diabetes management plan.
  5. Guidance to reduce or remove barriers to DSMES referral and participation. 

DSMES Powerpoint Icon

PowerPoint Presentation

Advocate for referrals to DSMES in your health system, practice group and community using this customizable PowerPoint presentation.

Reimbursement Resources

ADCES members have exclusive access to the latest billing code information, reimbursement experts and more on our ask the expert FAQ page.


The Huddle: Conversations with the Diabetes Care Team

The Huddle is available on all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify and Stitcher. Listen to previous episodes of The Huddle

Optimizing Care With Diabetes Education: A Consensus Report

Evidence shows diabetes education works, but to increase utilization it takes a collaborative approach. Maggie Powers, PhD, RD, CDCES and Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDCES, FADCES walk us through the recent work by ADCES and several other organization to develop a consensus report on diabetes self-management education and support, with specific recommendations for providers, payers, health systems and the diabetes care team.


Perspectives on Diabetes Care

How the DSMES Consensus Report Can Shape Diabetes Care in the Post-Pandemic World

Find out 3 ways you can use the report to encourage change in your practice in this blog post from ADCES Director of Advocacy Kate Thomas. 

Thrive With Diabetes Flier

Share the benefits of diabetes self-management education and support! Download this flier to distribute to share with providers, health systems and others in your network.





Additional Resources

In This Section

Practice