Module B: Diagnosis and Assessment of Diabetes Mellitus

CE Credits: 1.5


This module covers the different kinds of guidelines and blood tests used in screening for and diagnosing of the main types of DM, and lists the dozens of different codes and sub-codes related to DM. The module then details, once DM has been diagnosed, how CMs can assess the patient’s level of self care, as well as risk factors for complications and psychosocial health. The module also covers acute complications— such as severe hypo- and hyperglycemia, macrovascular disease, diabetic eye disease and neuropathy.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:

» Identify at least three diabetes mellitus screening criteria for adults and three for children
» Describe three laboratory tests used to test for diabetes mellitus
» Describe the risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus and the American Diabetes Association screening protocol
» Describe five components of the initial comprehensive evaluation in patients with newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus
» Describe the clinical signs and symptoms of two serious, acute conditions characterized by severe hyperglycemia
» Describe screening and risk factor assessment for macrovascular disease, nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy in persons with diabetes mellitus

Advance your professional practice:: Since diabetes is a complex disease with many possible factors and complications, it is important for case managers to a grasp the different guidelines, diagnostic tools and potential complications. By educating patients on the effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness) of proper treatment as early as possible, we can reduce the chance of severe complications.


Improve organizational performance: Given the potential for the high costs related to complications and hospitalizations due to undiagnosed or untreated DM, it benefits patients and the care team to streamline the diagnoses and assessments of DM.