A focus on diabetes prevention

In an average primary care practice, one in three US adults over 18 years have pre-diabetes. Most don’t know it. Progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes can take place within 5 years.

Are your patients at risk?
As part of the Prevent Diabetes: STAT initiative, the CDC and the American Medical Association have teamed up to reduce the number of Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Their on-line toolkit can help your practice screen, test, and refer patients to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs.

You may also refer your patients to the nationally accredited Diabetes Prevention Program at the Buffalo Niagara YMCA branches, designed for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Independent Health members only pay a $50 registration fee for this 16-week evidence-based program and have access at no charge to other classes at the YMCA facilities for the duration of the program.

Independent Health’s Disease Management Program is also available to your patients
Independent Health’s Disease Management program focuses on helping patients manage their chronic conditions. Key features include:
  • Health Promotion: Outreach calls from our Health Coaches. These are Health Care professionals who follow national disease management guidelines to educate members about their disease and appropriate lifestyle modifications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Counseling

Nutrition Counseling is also covered under most Independent Health plans. If you have any questions, please call our Provider Relations Department at (716) 631-3282 or 1-800-736-5771.

Clinical Guidelines

Access the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 Clinical Practice Recommendations.