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Area Agencies on Aging and other community-based organizations can play an integral role in expanding the use of Medicare’s Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) benefit among underserved older adults with a diagnosis of diabetes by seeking accreditation for their diabetes education program using the Diabetes Self-Management Program as the core curriculum of an expanded program that meets the ten National Standards.

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  • ACL DSMT Toolkit: The Administration on Aging developed this toolkit to help AAAs, community planners, and healthcare professionals operate cost-effective, accredited DSMT programs that can meet CMS requirements for Medicare reimbursement.
  • Delmarva DSMT Toolkit: This toolkit for QIOs, FQHCs, healthcare professionals and other key stakeholders explains implementation and reimbursement for accredited DSMT programs that meet CMS guidelines for Medicare reimbursement. The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Disparities National Coordinating Center, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), prepared it.
  • IHS DSMT Toolkit: This toolkit helps IHS staff get prompt Medicare reimbursement for Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) services. It clearly outlines seven steps from becoming a Medicare-recognized diabetes education program to marketing DSMT services and shows how to put these steps into practice.

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