The prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts nearly doubled over the past 20 years across all ages and ethnicities, from 3.8% to 8.9%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes will range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 by 2050. Increases in health center patients with uncontrolled diabetes has prompted HRSA to make diabetes management a specific focus of the HRSA Operational Site Visits (OSVs).The previewed OSV Site Visit Protocol lists the documents health centers will be required to provide during OSVs as part of the Performance Analysis. Items include:
- examples of performance improvement activities related to diabetes control
- QI/QA reports on diabetes control
- a list of TA and training needs that may support performance on diabetes control
Diabetes Training & TA
To support health centers in improving patient health outcomes and preparing for the HRSA performance analysis process, the League is pleased to offer a variety of TA opportunities and resources. We will continue to build this program in the coming months and years. Current opportunities for health centers include:
- Empowerment and Self-Management Learning Collaborative
- Peer-to-peer learning through the sharing of best practices and evaluation of models that improve diabetes care. The next collaborative webinar will focus on the new Diabetes Screening Algorithm and is scheduled for March 2018. Visit our website calendar for this and upcoming collaborative webinars.
- Technical Assistance in Implementing the e-Referral Program
- Contact the League to assist you in setting up systems to connect patients to the Diabetes Prevention Program offered in local YMCAs.
- UDS Data Analytics
- Upon request, the League will provide centers with reports that drill down race/ethnicity by CHC, and state and national averages. If interested, please contact Perrin Braun.
The League's Diabetes Management Program aims to help health centers improve results on diabetes measures with a focus on reducing health disparities, increasing patient engagement in care, and building community partnerships to address social determinants of health.
For more information on the League's Diabetes management efforts, contact Perrin Braun.