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Diabetes Education

Health First Medical Group Diabetes Self Management Education Program provides the highest level of education to Diabetes patients so they can provide better care for themselves. Diabetes patients often feel overwhelmed and fearful about the disease. The good news is that with proper nutrition, medication, exercise, monitoring and education, patients can take control and enjoy a high quality of life.

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ACCREDITED CARE

Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the Health First Medical Group Diabetes Self Management Education Program educates patients about quality diabetic care, and more importantly, the steps needed to try to prevent or slow the effects of the disease. Through cutting-edge research and educational information, Health First Medical Group continues to work with patients and clinicians to perhaps one day change the way a person is able to manage their disease. As testimony to the quality of care provided at Health First Medical Group, 24 Health First Medical Group physicians are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetic Physician Recognition Program.

The program provides care from a clinical staff who are certified diabetes educators including a registered dietitian, and a registered nurse. Health First Medical Group Endocrinologists and Family Practice physicians work closely with diabetes care professionals to give patients a high level of care.

PROGRAM SUPPORT

Health First Medical Group is passionate about offering comprehensive education, medical treatment and support that address all of the components that comprise a successful care program - from support groups and individual counseling, to insulin pump training and weight management.

Health First Medical Group DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM

  • Educational Classes - a series of three classes, each 3-hours long, held weekly for three consecutive weeks. Morning and afternoon class times are offered. In addition, the class is offered two Friday's and one Saturday each month from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
  • Individual Consultation - an individual consultation with the nurse diabetes educator gives you time to ask questions and address concerns.
  • Group Medical Nutrition Therapy - once classes are completed, you'll meet with the registered dietitian to give you the tools you need to further manage your meal plan. These sessions allow one-on-one guidance for your specific needs with respect to other health related concerns, schedules, and food preferences.
  • Refresher Classes - Program graduates of the comprehensive program can attend a 2 hour annual update class every year. This class is designed to provide updates on diabetes management and to examine progress toward meeting treatment goals or to establish new goals or changes in your treatment plan as needed.

Class Location

Classes are held at the Health First Medical Group Gateway offices at 1223 Gateway Drive, Melbourne, FL. For more information, please contact 321-725-4500 x 7303 to discuss details of the program and eligibility.

INSURANCE

Medicare

Diabetes Self Management Education and medical nutrition therapy (for diabetes) are covered benefits under Medicare. You will not be billed for this service beyond what you might pay for a limited office visit.

Commercial Insurance Carriers

Many commercial carriers provide benefits for diabetes education and nutrition therapy. The diabetes department contacts your insurance regarding coverage for diabetes education prior to contacting you for scheduling of classes. In addition, you may wish to contact your insurance company regarding diabetes education coverage. You should expect to have your usual office visit co-payment.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION

The Health First Medical Group Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is reserved for Health First Medical Group patients. If you are interested in being a patient, call the referral line at 321-951-7074.

Already have a referral?

If you were referred by your doctor, you should be contacted within a week for an appointment. If you have not been called or need to change your appointment, call 321-725-4500 ext. 7202.

Need a referral?

If you are interested in being referred by your doctor, please speak with them about a referral to the program or call 321-725- 4500 ext. 7202 for more information on getting a referral.