Each year, it’s estimated that 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this chronic disease, CMH is here to help. Our goal is to become your trusted care partner and resource to support you in your journey to live a long and healthful life with diabetes.
Whether yours is a new diagnosis or you’ve been living with diabetes for some time, the CMH Diabetes Education program aims to arm you with information that can help you manage, prevent or delay some of the serious health problems that diabetes can cause. CMH Diabetes Education offers group classes and individual appointments. Many people are referred to Diabetes Education by their doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant; however, a referral by a health professional is not necessary. To learn more about the CMH Diabetes Education program, and how to participate, call 503-338-4012.
Like other chronic conditions, living with diabetes can affect many parts of daily life. Understanding how to control your blood sugar is one of the most important things you can do to live well with diabetes. CMH Diabetes Education caregivers will help you fully understand your diabetes and teach you the skills you need to manage your diabetes, successfully, including:
While your health insurance may cover the cost of some services, it is best to contact your insurance carrier directly to find out. You may also call 503-338-4012 and we can help to verify your coverage.
Q: Will my insurance pay for a diabetes education appointment? click to open
A: If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, most insurance companies will cover diabetes education. Medicare will cover 3 hours of education with a registered dietitian and 10 hours of diabetes self-management education (1 hour with the nurse and 9 hours of group class) in the first year following a diagnosis (or after a change in diagnosis).
Q: How can I prepare for my diabetes education appointment? click to open
A: When meeting with a dietitian, keep a 3-day Food Diary and bring it with you. For each thing that you eat or drink, you should write down what it is, how much you ate/drank, and the time when you ate/drank.
When meeting the nurse, bring your blood sugar meter. If you do not have a meter, we will give you one at no charge and we will teach you to use it. Also, bring your Blood Glucose Log, if you keep one.
Q: Can I bring someone with me to my appointment or to classes? click to open
A: Yes, we encourage you to bring your spouse, partner, friend, or anyone who is a support person to you. There is no additional charge to bring someone with you.
Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor? click to open
A: Self-referrals are accepted into the program; however, in order for us to bill your insurance, we will need a referral from a doctor. However, we can ask your doctor for a referral, if you do not already have one.
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2158 Exchange St., Suite 205
Astoria, OR 97103
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