Everyone With Diabetes Counts
The Diabetes Epidemic
Diabetes is the most rapidly growing chronic disease of our time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently predicted that one out of every three children born in the United States will develop diabetes in their lifetime. For Hispanic/Latinos, the forecast is even more alarming: one in every two.
Diabetes is Serious and Costly
Diabetes is not only common and serious; it is also a very costly disease.
The cost of treating diabetes is staggering. According to the American Diabetes Association, the annual cost of diabetes in medical expenses and lost productivity rose from $98 billion in 1997 to $132 billion in 2002 to $174 billion in 2007.
Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012 $176 billion for direct medical costs $69 billion in reduced productivity After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
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One out of every five U.S. federal health care dollars is spent treating people with diabetes. The average yearly health care costs for a person without diabetes is $2,560; for a person with diabetes, that figure soars to $11,744. Much of the human and financial costs can be avoided with proven diabetes prevention and management steps.
A Community Approach
IPRO, Delmarva, and the Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence of Columbia have partnered to form the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). AQIN is working to promote a diabetes self-management program for underserved Medicare beneficiaries living with diabetes.
This program, called “Everyone with Diabetes Counts”, focuses on increasing patients’ knowledge of diabetes management. It also works to improve healthcare provider use of important diabetes management tests through community and partnership outreach.