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Monday, September 29, 2014
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Diabetes Mellitus: A Key Focus of Population Health

"Improving diabetes care to prevent complications and stem healthcare costs has become an important priority for healthcare systems, health insurance plans, and Accountable Care Organizations. There is an increasing focus on population health management and coordination of care across multiple providers and facilities. That means there are exciting job growth opportunities for nurse and social work case managers who have an understanding of diabetes care planning."

Arlene J. Chabanuk, MSN, RN, CDE, HCS-D
Course Director

[Reference: DM, Module A, Pathophysiology]

  Excellence in Case Mgmt  

Diabetes Mellitus:
CM Improves Outcomes

Case management of patients with DM has been shown to significantly improve health and psychosocial outcomes in both primary care and community settings. By improving diabetes management in their patient population, CMs can help reduce the tremendous burden of this common disease on individuals and families.

Good DM management is also important for the healthcare system and society. Uncontrolled DM leads to unscheduled physician visits and avoidable emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and absences from work and school, and significantly increased healthcare costs.

[Reference: DM, Module E, CM Role]

  Improving Patient Care...  

Diabetes Mellitus: Risk

Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have a blood glucose or hemoglobin A1C level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as DM. Individuals with pre-diabetes have impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and/or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

Pre-diabetes is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and is common in the United States. Pre-diabetes was found to be present in 35% of U.S. adults age 20 and older in 2005-2008 and among adults age 50 and older, 50% were found to have pre-diabetes.

[Reference: DM, Module A, Pathophysiology]


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