Certified diabetes education team grows

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Winona Health

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE

People who have diabetes in the Winona area now have more resources to help them manage their health. Theresa Hoyles, a licensed and registered Winona Health dietitian has expanded her expertise and has now earned certification as a diabetes educator.

“I decided to work towards my CDE in order to ensure I have the necessary knowledge and application practice to help individuals with diabetes,” said Hoyles. “Having my CDE assures patients and their healthcare providers that I have the expertise not only to address nutritional needs as a registered dietitian, but that I also can address their other diabetes-related concerns.”

Becoming a certified diabetes education (CDE), requires more than 1,000 hours of providing diabetes self-management education and passing the National Certification Examination of Diabetes Educators.

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Hoyles, along with Ann Heesacker, RN, CDE, also offer individual and group diabetes education classes to help people who have diabetes maintain or improve their health.

The group programs meet at various times. People can join a group program after an initial assessment visit with the nurse diabetes educator.

Medicare provides benefit coverage for diabetes education received through Winona Health’s accredited program.

Medicare coverage provides:

  • 10 hours of initial diabetes education to individuals who have not previously received diabetes education with Medicare insurance
  • two hours of follow-up diabetes education each year

In addition, people covered by Medicare who have diabetes or chronic kidney disease can receive three hours of initial education with a dietitian for Medical Nutrition Therapy, plus an additional two hours per year of follow-up education.

Commercial insurance plans most often provide diabetes education, but because plans vary, people should review covered services with their insurance plan.

Those interested in participating in the diabetes self-management group program, should contact their primary care provider to be referred for diabetes education.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org and click on Find a Provider, or call 507.454.3650.

 

 

Group diabetes education program now available

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Winona Health

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD

Winona Health’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education department is now offering group diabetes education classes.

“People with newly diagnosed diabetes or who have had diabetes for years report enjoying learning from others who have the same diagnosis,” said Theresa Hoyles, a registered dietitian at Winona Health.

Hoyles also explained that research shows diabetes education improves blood glucose control when added to usual diabetes care and decreases the risk of long-term complications associated with diabetes.

The group programs meet at various times. People can join a group program after an initial assessment visit with the nurse diabetes educator.

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Ann Heesacker, a certified diabetes educator at Winona Health, noted, “What’s nice, but something many people don’t know, is that Medicare provides benefit coverage for diabetes education received through an accredited program.” Winona Health’s diabetes education program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Medicare coverage provides:

  • 10 hours of initial diabetes education to individuals who have not previously received diabetes education with Medicare insurance
  • two hours of follow-up diabetes education each year

“Nationally, only four percent of people who have diabetes and are covered by Medicare receive diabetes education,” said Heesacker. “At Winona Health, we want to improve on that national statistic. Helping people use the resources available to them will help them improve their overall health and preserve—or improve—their quality of life for years.”

In addition, people covered by Medicare who have diabetes or chronic kidney disease can receive three hours of initial education with a dietitian for Medical Nutrition Therapy, plus an additional two hours per year of follow-up education.

For those who are not covered by Medicare, Heesacker recommends checking with their insurance. “Commercial insurance plans most often provide diabetes education,” she said. “However, because plans vary, we recommend that people review covered services with their own insurance plan.”

Those interested in meeting with a diabetes educator or nutrition therapy expert, or in participating in the diabetes self-management group program, should contact their primary care provider to be referred for diabetes education.

 

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Free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes

Ann Heesacker, RN,  Certified Diabetes Educator

Ann Heesacker, RN,
Certified Diabetes Educator

Whether you have had diabetes for years, have just learned you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes, you will get helpful information at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes, Thursday, July 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming and is open to men and women of all ages. Spirit of Women membership is free and there are several benefits. Learn more or sign up online at winonahealth.org/spirit, or call 507.457.4161.

Ann Heesacker, RN, a certified diabetes educator at Winona Health, will help you learn how to live, and thrive, with diabetes.

“I call diabetes the job you didn’t want, you don’t like and you can’t quit,” says Heesacker. “Fortunately, there are often some easy changes that could make a noticeable difference quickly.”

Dog Days of Diabetes will be presented at Winona Health in the B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital 3rd floor, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

This program is for anyone who has, or is at risk for diabetes. Attendees are encouraged to invite a family member or friend. There is no charge. RSVP is requested by Tuesday, July 14.

To RSVP for this Health Talk and to learn more about Spirit of Women at Winona Health including the free benefits, click below or call 507.457.4161.

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