Frye Wellness and Education Center
256-A 10th Ave. NE
Hickory, NC 28601
The Center for Diabetes Self-Management Care at Frye Regional Medical Center is dedicated to improving the education and care of individuals living with diabetes, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
Are Services Covered by Insurance?
Insurance companies may pay for diabetes self-management education. We encourage our patients to check with their insurance providers to determine benefits allowed for diabetes education. According to House Bill 5, insurance companies should cover these services for residents of North Carolina. The exception would be if the company you work for is self-insured.
Who Makes a Referral?
A physician’s referral is required for all patients and needed for insurance reimbursement.
Each patient receives a one-on-one individual assessment from either a registered nurse or a registered dietitian to determine an education plan.
Based on the education plan, the patient is referred to the basic skills Class, a Comprehensive Class, or an Individual Class.
Basic Skills Class
This class is taught by a a nurse and a dietitian and covers only the very basics of managing diabetes.
Patients may choose to complete the class as three night sessions or in one day session. The three night series in held the first three Thursdays of each month from 6-9pm. The day session is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 8:30am until 5:30pm. It incorporates the interdisciplinary approach to teaching diabetes management. Instructors include a registered nurse, registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, pharmacist and a behaviorist.
These classes are available for patients with special needs that make learning in a classroom situation challenging or when one-on-one instruction is necessary.
After completing class, participants are scheduled for a follow-up visit to discuss their progress and address any problems they may have encountered.