Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently published an article in the journal Diabetes Care, which accounts for the lifetime medical cost of people with diabetes relative to those without. The article concluded that having diabetes is associated with substantially greater medical expenditures even though there is reduced life expectancy. It also urges a focus on prevention, which may lead to a reduction in long-term medical costs associated with diabetes.
Are your patients at risk?
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
Independent Health’s Disease Management Program
Independent Health’s Disease Management program, which is available to your patients, focuses on helping patients manage the clinical features of diabetes – hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia and hypertension.
Key Features of the Program:
- Educational Resources: Your patients will periodically receive mailings containing the latest health information including ways to control their disease and modify their risk factors to stay healthy.
- Periodic Health Reminders: Mailings are sent out to remind your patients that they are due for important diabetes-specific and preventive health services.
- Health Promotion: Outreach calls from our Care Management professionals who follow national disease management guidelines to educate members about their disease and appropriate lifestyle modifications.
- 24 Hour Medical Helpline: Provides access to registered nurses to get answers to medical questions, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by dialing 1-800-501-3439.
View the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 Clinical Practice Recommendations.