New to Diabetes care? Has your diabetes become difficult to manage or is your treatment not working? Do you take several shots a day or use an insulin pump? Are you experiencing complications from diabetes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the recommendations and resources mentioned below will help you navigate your diabetes diagnosis.
Make an Appointment with Endocrinologist
- An Endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in diabetes care
- Early endocrinologist care is linked to a lower incidence of cardiovascular events and death among complex patients with newly diagnosed diabetes as well as a lower incidence of neonatal and pregnancy complications in those with gestational diabetes
- Use our Find-a-Doc tool to locate an in-network Endocrinologist
Connect with a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES) and Registered Dietician (RD)
Reach out to a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES)
- CDCESs address clinical outcomes, health status and wellbeing while providing you with the knowledge, decision-making and skills necessary to help you manage your diabetes.
- CDCESs will help you understand the diabetes diagnosis including your medications and blood sugar monitoring. And they can provide individualized plans, develop problem-solving and coping skills, as well as help you adopt healthy behaviors.
- Effective diabetes education is a process and it is important to attend regular follow-up sessions.
- Use our Find-a-Doc tool to locate an in-network CDCES (formerly referred to as Certified Diabetes Educators or CDEs). When searching Providers by Specialty, type in "Diabetes Educator" to find a list of providers in your area.
Reach out to a Registered Dietician (RD)
- Registered Dieticians are experts in the field of nutrition - a key piece of managing your diabetes. They can help guide you to better food choices and to create a diet that works for you and your lifestyle.
- For those with gestational diabetes Registered Dieticians can individualize food plans needed to ensure adequate caloric intake while achieving glycemic goals.
- Use our Find-a-Doc tool to locate an in-network Registered Dietician. When searching Providers by Specialty, type in "Registered Dietician" or "Nutritional Education" to find a list of providers in your area.
Pharmacy Benefit Manager
If you are a State Health Plan member, create a Navitus Portal Account
- As a State Health Plan member, Navitus is your pharmacy benefit manager. You will use Navitus to receive your diabetic testing supplies including test strips and lancets.
If you are a WEA Trust Member (except State Health Plan members), create a Medlmpact Portal Account
- For all WEA Trust members (except State Health Plan members), Medlmpact is your pharmacy benefit manager. You will use Medlmpact to receive your diabetic testing supplies test strips and lancets.
Did you know you can receive a voucher for a FreeStyle blood glucose meter*?
*Test strips and lancets are not included with the FreeStyle blood glucose meter. You must have a prescription from your provider to obtain a blood glucose meter.
Remote Health Monitoring
- Through telephone or automated mobile text communications, the Remote Health Monitoring program assesses blood sugar readings, provides virtual care nurse assessment and care management, as well as real-time message education.
Learn more and/or register
Livongo Diabetes Management Program
If you or a family member are a WEA Trust health plan member* and have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you qualify for our Diabetes Management Program through Livongo. This program includes a smart touchscreen blood glucose meter and unlimited lancets and test strips -- all at no cost to you. Eligibility for Livongo may vary based on plan type**.
Click here to sign up.
IMPORTANT: Use the registration code “TRUSTDM” in order to receive the enrollment and correct cost savings.
*Excludes currently enrolled State Health Plan members as of July 1, 2022. The enrollment period for State Health Plan members who are currently not enrolled in Livongo ends February 28, 2022.
**Please note, health management programs can end or change at any time during your enrollment.
Use Diabetes Self-Management Education & Support (DSMES)
- All people with diabetes should participate in diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES).
- Visit the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists for additional diabetes education and resources.
- Diabetes self-management education and support tools provide a variety of information and tools to help you self-manage your condition.
- DSMES may be useful annually, when you are not meeting your targets, when complications develop, and when transitions in life or care develop.
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA)
WIHA offers free in-person and online diabetes management programs designed for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Through these workshops, you will discover techniques to confidently manage symptoms of your diabetes, gain confidence to overcome health challenges through action planning and problem-solving as well as learn about helpful exercises, medication use, and healthy eating strategies.
Click here to find a workshop near you.