West virginia NEWS

New Study Shows EDC Provides Promising Results for People with Medicare in West Virginia

The Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance recently published a study of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program as it relates to hospital use in West Virginia. The study analyzed the impact of EDC on people with Medicare living in rural counties in West Virginia between February 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Results indicated that those who completed the program had 29 percent fewer hospitalizations than those who had not completed the program. This resulted in an estimated savings of $35,900 per 100 program completers in West Virginia.
Although EDC is now a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), it was first piloted in a small number of states, including West Virginia. Quality Insights has been providing free diabetes self-management education classes through the EDC program to people with Medicare Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia since 2015. 
“There have been many studies on diabetes education,” Jill Manna, Director of Analytic Resources for Quality Insights and co-author of the study, said. “But most published research did not provide insights on the potential impact specifically among older people living in remote rural areas, and few have focused on specific cost drivers such as hospitalization on this population. This is the first analysis to focus specifically on this type of education delivered within the context of a state-based quality improvement program. As we continue to learn lessons about how best to recruit and educate people with Medicare to manage diabetes and document their participation in the program, this analysis presents encouraging early news.”
To learn more about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, contact Natalie Tappe, Network Task Lead for EDC, by calling (800) 642-8686 ext. 3226 or email ntappe@qualityinsights.org