Diabetes Education

Since 1987, Citrus Memorial Health System’s diabetes education program has taught people with diabetes how to manage and control their disease. We are committed to providing the most up to date information to our patients and their families in an effort to improve the quality of their lives.

Staff works closely with other health care professionals to aid you and your family in becoming independent in self managing your diabetes. We invite you to bring additional family members with you to educational classes so that all members are familiar with the disease and treatment process.

The Center also provides Medical Nutrition Therapy for patients identified to have renal disease or gestational diabetes.

As the only local program certified by the American Diabetes Association for diabetes education, a certified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian administer the classes, which are kept to 12 people or less.

The diabetes center offers day, afternoon, evening classes, in a three day series. Classes cover the American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 Self-Care Behaviors:

  • Healthful Eating
  • Being Active
  • Monitoring
  • Taking Medication
  • Problem Solving
  • Healthful Coping
  • Reducing Risks

Anyone may register for the diabetes education classes. Medicare and most insurance companies provide reimbursement for 10 hours of classroom time. A physician’s order or referral is necessary.

Our center is located on the campus of Citrus Memorial Hospital,502 W. Highland Blvd, Inverness, Florida 34452, at the corner of Grace Street and S. Osceola Avenue.

To serve the needs of our county, monthly classes are also held at the Citrus Memorial Healthcare Center at Sugarmill Woods. 7945 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, Florida 34446

Sign up for a Class

For more information or to register for a class, contact the Diabetes Education department at (352) 341-6110 and select the class day and time that works best for you, or email afreeman@citrusmh.org.

Before Class

  • You can either arrive 30 minutes prior to your first class or stop by the hospital at your convenience the week before. Either way, you will need to go to Admitting and sign some paperwork. This process usually takes about 15-20 minutes. (Admitting is located just inside the front door, at Main Entrance A. If you need assistance, just ask one of our helpful volunteers at the front desk.)
  • Write down any questions you have.
  • Write down all your medications and supplements.
  • Bring your meter and your log book.
  • Bring a recent food history or food diary, if possible.

Day of Class

Arrive about 5 to 10 minutes early. Parking in Inverness is at a premium. For your convenience we reserve several parking spaces for the diabetes center. Parking is free.

Parking is readily available at the Sugarmill Woods Campus.

Insurance Coverage

Chapter 96-279 Florida Law requires health insurance policies and HMO contracts sold in Florida to provide coverage for medically necessary diabetes supplies and self-management training. This law also covers Medicare beneficiaries. A referral from your physician is necessary for insurance and Medicare reimbursement.

Medicare allows up to 10 hours of diabetes education classes and 3 hours of additional Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), as a one time benefit to any beneficiary that has a diagnosis of diabetes. Medicare also provides for up to 2 hours of additional education and 2 hours of MNT, each calendar year after the initial training, should you need or want it.