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.
YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
Patients at risk for type 2 diabetes may benefit from the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Offered nationwide, it provides a supportive environment where participants work with others in a small group setting to learn how to adopt healthy habits and reduce their chances of developing the disease.
The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions and three sessions every other week during the first six months followed by 6 monthly sessions in the second six months.
- Visit the Freedom Valley YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program or the national; YMCA’s resources for health professionals.
- Download the Diabetes Prevention Program, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA or the Diabetes Prevention Program through YMCA: MCO Presentation