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Diabetes Educational Classes  

Mercy Diabetes Center at Mercy offers a variety of classes and an Adult Diabetes Support Group to help you prevent and manage diabetes. Below you can find an overview of our classes.

For more information, please call (319) 398-6711.

Living Well with Diabetes Program –Type 2 Diabetes – Initial Education

This program is for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The program includes 10 hours of instruction. Instruction is provided in two 1-hour individual visits and four 2-hour group classes. Most insurances will provide coverage for this education subject to co-pays and deductibles.

Living Well with Diabetes Class  –Type 1 Diabetes

This class is intended to reinforce information provided at diagnosis regarding the disease process and self-management tasks necessary to manage type 1 diabetes.  This is provided as an individual appointment.  Follow-up can be done at insulin management (pump or injection) appointments.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

These individual appointments are provided to educate people with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes on the role of food intake in their diabetes management plan.

Initiation of Byetta/Victoza therapy

This is for the type 2 patient whose provider has ordered the addition of Byetta or Victoza as part of their diabetes management plan.  It is 1 session with 1 hour of individual instruction.  Education is provided about the pathophysiology of diabetes and the mechanism of action of these medication with respect to the pathophysiology.  The patient is instructed in dosage, administration technique and side effects.

Initiation of Symlin therapy

This is for the type 1 or type 2 patient whose provider has ordered the addition of Symlin to their diabetes management plan.  It is 1 session (integrated with a diabetes management/insulin adjustment appointment) including up to 1 hour of instruction.  Education is provided about the pathophysiology of diabetes and the mechanism of action of these medication with respect to the pathophysiology.  The patient is instructed in dosage, administration technique and side effects.

Initiation of Insulin therapy

This service is for people with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes who are starting on insulin therapy.  They are seen for two sessions for a total of two-fours of instruction.  They can continue to be seen for insulin dose adjustments/insulin management appointments after the initial education sessions.  Education is provided regarding the principles of insulin therapy, insulin action and patterns, administration techniques, side effects and identification and management of hypoglycemia.

Insulin Management and Dose Adjustment for the Patient on Insulin Therapy Administered by Injection

These appointments are for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are on insulin therapy by injection for their diabetes management.  General diabetes education is reviewed, blood glucose logs or meter download are reviewed and recommendations for adjustment of insulin therapy are made as indicated.

Diagnostic Continuous Glucose Sensor (CGS) Program (3 days) - (CPT Code 95250)

This program is for people whose providers have prescribed a three day diagnostic iPro sensor wear to better determine blood glucose trends to assist with diabetes management decisions.  The program consists of two sessions, each of which is 1 hour of instruction.  The device is placed at the first visit and the device download is reviewed by the educator and discussed with the patient at the second visit with recommendations made for changes in diabetes management as indicated  (if ordered by the provider).

Insulin Pump Options Class

This is a two hour class that is intended for people interested in exploring the option of insulin pump therapy for diabetes management.  The class provides information about the general principles of insulin pump therapy and a review of the features of current insulin pump systems.

Initiation of Pump Therapy Program

This program is for people with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes who have already attended the pre-pump class and have obtained their insulin pump.  It includes attendance at the Pump 101 class and three individual visits to teach the mechanics of pump therapy, with additional visits to provide additional education and make insulin dose adjustments as appropriate.  For children, all instruction is done individually.  The visits include up to twenty hours instruction dependent on patient age and specific learning needs.  Patients can continue to be seen on an ongoing basis for insulin dose adjustment and insulin pump therapy management.

Insulin Management and Dose Adjustment for patients using an Insulin Pump

These appointments are for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are using insulin delivered by an insulin pump for their diabetes management.  General diabetes and pump education is reviewed.  Pump download date is reviewed and recommendations for adjustment of insulin therapy are made as indicated.  Group class is also available to review advanced pumping concepts.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Options Options

This is a one hour class that is intended for people interested in exploring the option of real-time continuous  monitoring to assist with their diabetes management.  The class provides information about the general principles of real-time sensor technology and a review of the features of current RT-CGM systems.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems (CGMS) Program

This program is for people who have purchased an RT-CGMS and need instruction in sensor insertion and the use of an RT-CGMS.  It  is 1 session with one hour of instruction to instruct the person on the use of the RT-CGMS they have purchased.  If ordered by the physician, these patients can receive continued follow up for pump management or insulin management visits.  It they are seen for insulin dose adjustment/insulin management, the RT-CGMS data will be downloaded and reviewed as part of the assessment prior to making insulin dose adjustment recommendations.

Gestational Diabetes / Type 1 & 2 Diabetes and Pregnancy Program

This program is for women who were diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and become pregnant, or women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  The program includes two sessions including up to four hours of instruction, followed by monthly or weekly sessions 15 minutes in length until delivery (more sessions are required if insulin is ordered). Mercy Diabetes Center staff will not provide protocol-based independent insulin dose management for pregnant women.  All dose adjustment will require a provider order.  For women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are planning to become pregnant, the Mercy Diabetes Center also offers preconception education.

Safe-Sitting for Children with Diabetes

This two-hour class is for people who will be babysitting for children with diabetes on either injection therapy or pump therapy.  It is a self-pay class and the charge is $25 per family.  The class includes both didactic information and hands-on practice of skills used in the care of a child with diabetes.