Comprehensive Diabetes Education & Support
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Comprehensive Diabetes Education & Support

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This comprehensive program provides 10 hours of education. Our team will provide you the tools and support you need to live a healthy life with diabetes.

Registration Details

For times and dates at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital please call 301-315-3129 or at Washington Adventist Hospital please call 301-891-6105.

Fees & Payment

Covered by most health insurances. Call your carrier to verify your coverage.


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What is Diabetes Education?

Diabetes Education, or Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES), is a comprehensive education and training program designed to help persons with diabetes manage all aspects of their health. Topics covered include:

  • Blood glucose testing
  • Preventing short-term and long-term complications
  • Medication guidance
  • Food/eating education and guidance
  • Physical activity recommendations
  • Goal setting, coping and stress management
  • Resources for ongoing support and assistance

A Team Approach

The interdisciplinary care team includes diabetes educators who are nurses and registered dietitians, as well as guest lecturers that may include pharmacists, physicians and exercise physiologists. Experts help develop individual plans of care in cooperation with the participants, their family and their primary care physicians. Our program is accredited and recognized by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for providing quality education and support.  

Diabetes Education Class Details

Our Diabetes Education Classes are held at both Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals. Group classes are held for 3 sessions, 3 hours each session. Before the first class, participants will schedule a one-on-one visit with an educator for an introductory session.

PLEASE NOTE: Individual sessions and Insulin instruction are available if needed. Please contact us for details:

  • Shady Grove Medical Center (Rockville, MD): 301-315-3129
  • Washington Adventist Hospital (Takoma Park, MD): 301-891-6105

Insurance Coverage

  • Medicare Part B covers 80% of the approved cost for 10 hours of DSMT (9 in a group setting, 1 individual).
  • For other insurers (Blue Cross, Aetna, United, etc.) please check with your health insurance plan to see if your benefits cover Diabetes Education services. We can assist you with this process.
  • All patients must have a referral before starting classes or coming for their individual session. We can obtain this on your behalf, or if you plan to get this from your doctor, please contact us so that we can provide you with the correct form.
  • If Adventist Healthcare is your insurance carrier, please contact us to register for this class series.  You might be eligible for an incentive program.  

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Terms of Registration

View our online registration terms including our inclement weather policy.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the case of bad weather, we follow Montgomery County public schools scheduling. If school starts late, morning classes and programs will be canceled; if school is canceled, all classes and programs will be canceled. Please call to confirm class cancellations.

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