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Diabetes Coordination Program a Lesson in Rural Innovation

A community health system in Maryland uses grant money to tackle diabetes at the primary care level. It believes the program will pay for itself with healthier patients requiring fewer emergency interventions and hospitalizations.

1 comments on "Diabetes Coordination Program a Lesson in Rural Innovation"
Laura S. Morris (3/1/2012 at 2:32 PM)

We did this using community-based patient navigators under the new federal Patient Navigator Demonstration Program. Unfortunately we were not able to sustain it when the grant ended as no single provider was able to "own" and show an immediate return the community investment. Until there is a reimbursement for care coordination or providers are given a financial encentive, this proven concept for dealing with chronic diseases will go wanting.