Resources for Healthcare Professionals
These are resources to help Maine healthcare professionals support their patients who are interested in preventing or managing diabetes.
Medicare now covers the in-person lifestyle change program for eligible beneficiaries. Find the nearest Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) suppliers here. NOTE: a referral is required to participate in MDPP.
Diabetes Management Resources
Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - 2022
Each year the American Diabetes Association updates the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. Learn how you can best care for your patients with diabetes.
2022 National Standards for DSMES
The National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) provide guidance and evidence-based, quality practice for all DSMES services and providers.
Diabetes Data and Statistics | CDC
Access the latest diabetes data and statistics through the National Diabetes Statistics Report and the Diabetes Report Card. Also use the US Diabetes Surveillance System: an interactive web tool that provides diabetes data at national, state, and county levels and by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and education.
“The State of Maine Public Law 592 to cover diabetes supplies and education”
Maine law (amended in 1995) which states that all insurance providers in Maine must include diabetes supplies and self-management education as a covered benefit.
An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Legislature, Second Regular Session
This 2020 act provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $35 per 30-day supply of insulin.
MedHelp Maine – (207) 793-4462
MedHelp Maine will provide Maine hospitals with free prescription assistance program start-up. MedHelp Maine often can direct callers to appropriate help, but cannot assist patients in applying for free or low-cost medicines.
How People with Diabetes Benefit from DSMES | CDC
The CDC details the ways in which your patients living with diabetes will benefit from participating in Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) programs or classes.
Am I at Risk for Diabetes?
If you know someone who might be at risk, have them take the online quiz to find out. They can then ask their doctor for a blood sugar screening test if their score is 5 or more.