Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care:
Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC)

It’s clear that diabetes self-management education can lead to overall improved health for many people with Medicare. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 13% of adults age 20 and older and nearly one-third of persons 65 years and older have diabetes in the United States. The statistics for racial and ethnic minorities and people living in rural areas are even more startling. 

How We Can Help

Quality Insights’ Quality Innovation Network is improving the health of people with diabetes by providing and facilitating Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) training classes through partnerships with various stakeholders throughout our region. Our strategies include:

  • Providing train-the-trainer opportunities that enhance sustainability of the program
  • Helping partners and stakeholders recognize the importance of becoming a Certified Diabetes Center and encouraging those individuals that meet eligibility requirements to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • Facilitating the development of training sites in our five states
  • Identifying opportunities to educate providers on Medicare Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) benefits

All of these strategies include a key emphasis on African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minority beneficiaries; dual-eligible beneficiaries (those with both Medicare and Medicaid); and the providers and practitioners who serve them. We are also specifically seeking out people in rural areas to improve their diabetes self-management.

What We Can Achieve Together

These and other activities are designed to unite stakeholders with a shared vision of improved diabetes self-management and to achieve broad goals, including:

  • Improving HbA1c, lipid, blood pressure and weight control outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes
  • Decreasing the number of people who require lower extremity amputations due to complications resulting from poorly controlled diabetes
  • Improving the health literacy of people with diabetes who have Medicare and/or Medicaid
  • Increasing providers’ adherence to clinical guidelines related to HbA1c, lipids, and eye exams

Learn More and Get Involved

EDC ClassesQuality Insights’ Quality Innovation Network is at the forefront of reducing disparities in diabetes care in our region.

  • Learn more by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions document or visit the Get Local section of this website.
  • Learn about the two types of DSME being used by Quality Insights: Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP).
  • Initiate a partnership by contacting Natalie Tappe, EDC Network Task Lead by emailing or calling (304) 346-9864 ext. 3226. Or visit the Get Local section of this website to connect with the project coordinator in your state.

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