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Participation in Diabetes Self-Management Training Promotes Self-Care Behaviors

  • By: New York State Department of Health
  • Date: April 2012
  • Priority Area: Improving Diabetes Prevention
  • Type: Resources
  • Category: Fact Sheet
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Overview

This Information for Action from the New York State Department of Health, Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, highlights the importance of diabetes self-management training (DSMT) in promoting self-care behaviors for people with diabetes.

In New York State, adults with diabetes who participated in DSMT were more likely to monitor their blood glucose levels daily (75.2%) than those who did not (54.1%).However, between 2003 and 2010, participation in DSMT remained constant with less than half of adults with diabetes participating.

In recognition of the importance of self-management training, the New York State Medicaid Program began covering DSMT as a reimbursable service for Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes in 2009. As the diabetes burden continues to increase, DSMT can play a vital role in controlling costs, improving clinical outcomes, and encouraging self-care behaviors. The data suggest that increasing provider enrollment in the New York State Medicaid DSMT benefit and promoting DSMT among people with diabetes, especially Medicaid beneficiaries, could improve access to an important and effective component of diabetes care.