DMS an industry leader in diabetes care, management
Diabetes Management & Supplies was launched in 1997 by pharmaceutical and medical device industry veteran, Cynthia Pazos. While helping her mother-in-law struggle with complications of diabetes, Cindy learned firsthand of the need for effective diabetes treatment and self-management. The ongoing needs of her mother-in-law convinced Cindy diabetes treatment required a different approach, with the intimate involvement of the patient and continued monitoring and support from care providers and ancillary medical personnel. With these goals in mind, DMS was born.
The DMS model is simple: provide appropriate treatment, education and support that will make people with diabetes more effective in the self-management of their disease.
DMS’s diligence and devotion to patient education and support did not go unnoticed. A PPO owned by several hospitals charged DMS with a large concentration of diabetic patients in a remote area of Louisiana. DMS’s efforts in successfully caring for those patients led to spiraling growth of the company and preferred provider status with health plans in Louisiana, Mississippi and across the southern United States. It pioneered innovative financing alternatives for patients and health plans to ensure no one was forced to forego proper diabetic care. DMS also provided customers with information on managing diabetes, personal benefits consultation and instruction on the proper use of diabetes equipment.
Today, Diabetes Management & Supplies is the largest diabetes supply company in Louisiana and ranks as one of the largest nationally, serving tens of thousands of people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. It was recognized as the third fastest growing business in the state of Louisiana by New Orleans CityBusiness.
DMS is also a leader in products, with the most complete selection of insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, blood glucose monitors and test strips, insulin syringes, orthopedic shoes and medical home equipment.
In 2009, by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Diabetes Management & Supplies earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, the highest ranking possible, making it one of a select few national diabetes companies to do so.
DMS is currently piloting collaboration with health plans to track and improve patient outcomes. Providing this information to payers and providers will continue to position DMS as a regional and national leader in the health care arena.