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Diabetes Management

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The condition can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.

To improve outcomes for members with type 2 diabetes, Health Partners Plans is committed to increasing provider referrals to diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs throughout Pennsylvania.

Diabetes self-management education (DSME)

Many adults with diabetes lack self-care tools. An accredited DSME can teach them how to manage their diabetes and reduce the risk of developing serious diabetes-related complications.

Studies show that patients who participate in DSME programs are more likely to:

  • Use primary care and preventive services
  • Be more proactive in their care
  • Have delayed onset or escalation of diabetes
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Have improved clinical outcomes, such as better control of their HbA1c levels, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol
  • Have lower health care–related costs

How you can help HPP implement diabetes self-management programs

Health Partners Plans has joined Health Promotion Council to support educational programming for evidence-based type 2 diabetes interventions for patients age 60 and older.

By empowering patients, this program improves health outcomes for the people and communities you serve. All it takes is a referral!

As a provider, you can play a significant role. Here’s how you can help:

  • Refer patients age 60 and older with type 2 diabetes to the program – find a local provider through the Pennsylvania Department of Health Interactive DSME Map.
  • Host workshops for your patients
  • Help recruit workshop leaders, including people living with type 2 diabetes

This program is currently being developed and there is more information to come. If you would like to get involved now, please contact 1-855-394-2844.

Prevent Diabetes STAT (screen, test, act today)

A joint initiative between the American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Prevent Diabetes STAT aim to inform health care providers and the public about the importance of preventing type 2 diabetes and raising awareness of this evidence-based diabetes prevention program.

CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Patients at risk for type 2 diabetes may benefit from a Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)-recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program.

It’s a nationwide diabetes prevention program, or DPP, and your Medicaid patients may be eligible.

DPPs help at-risk members make healthier lifestyle choices. As you know, type 2 diabetes can often be reversed or delayed through weight loss, a healthier diet, stress reduction and increased physical activity.

The year-long program, held locally and facilitated by a trained lifestyle coach, is taught in a small group setting and teaches members how to modify their lifestyle habits through problem-solving and coping techniques. There are 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year. See the table below for a list of upcoming classes:

Date

Location

April 25

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Health Center 4
4400 Haverford Ave., Phila., PA 19104
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Phone: 215-963-3726

April 25

La Fortaleza, 133 W Hunting Park, Phila, PA 19140
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
For Spanish speaking participants. Class facilitated in Spanish with Spanish materials.
Phone: 215-707-7247

April 26

Zion Baptist Church,3600 N Broad St., Phila., PA 19140
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Phone: 215-707-7247

Jeanes Hospital, 7600 Central Ave., Phila. PA, 19111
Thursdays at 5 p.m.
Phone: 215-707-7247

Ongoing enrollment

Temple University Hospital, 3401 N. Broad St., Phila., PA 19140
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Phone: 215-707-7247

Ongoing

Additional classes coming in May

 

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