About the Coalition
The Diabetes Coalition of Mississippi is composed of dedicated and interested individuals across the State of Mississippi who work to improve the lives and health of the state’s population affected by diabetes. Membership in the Coalition is open to anyone. Click on the following link to learn more about the Coalition:
Mississippi seniors who qualify for Medicare can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan
Mississippi seniors who qualify for Medicare can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, also known as Medicare Part C. These alternative health insurance plans are approved by Medicare, and administered through private insurance companies. Because numerous health insurance companies offer these plans, their benefits, costs and rules can vary significantly. While all Medicare Advantage plans include hospital and medical coverage equal to Medicare Parts A and B, they also often include additional benefits such as vision, hearing and dental care. Some plans include prescription drug coverage, while others do not but give participants the option of enrolling in a separate Medicare Part D plan. Unlike Original Medicare coverage that’s the same for all beneficiaries, seniors can shop for a Medicare Advantage plan suited to their specific needs. Below you can find free resources that provide comprehensive information on Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, in Mississippi. You can read more about this work here:
Diabetes Self-Management Training
Diabetes educators are licensed health care professionals—registered nurses, registered dietitians and pharmacists, among others. Their specialty is helping people with diabetes understand how to best manage their diabetes. Many of the healthcare professionals providing diabetes education or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) also carry the designation Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
Accredited DSMT Programs
A full listing of healthcare professionals providing diabetes education or Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) may be found by clicking on the following link:
Why Should A Healthcare Provider Refer A Patient For DSMT?
Diabetes educators have a unique skill set and serve as essential support for patients and providers.
DIABETES EDUCATORS CAN:
- Increase your practice’s efficiency by assuming time-consuming patient training, counseling and follow-up duties
- Help you meet pay-for-performance and quality improvement goals
- Track and monitor patients’ care and progress and provide you with status reports
- Help delay the onset of diabetes with prevention and self-management training for patients who are at high risk
While you manage your patients’ care, diabetes educators focus on empowering them to manage their diabetes. They teach, coach and guide patients so they understand their diabetes in the context of their personal lives and work with them to set – and meet – behavior change goals to improve their health.
Access Additional Links and Resources
Click here to view a listing of helpful links to tools that will assist you in understanding, managing, and treating diabetes.