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AAPPO Releases Diabetes Toolkit to Spur Action on Better Diabetes Care
Date:4/3/2008

Toolkit Offers Resources for Payers, Providers, and Patients

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO), in collaboration with DMAA: the Care Continuum Alliance (DMAA), today launched a diabetes toolkit for PPO executives to help health care leaders understand the diabetes problem and identify effective strategies for improving diabetes prevention, identification and care.

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"Talking with Payers, Providers and Patients About Diabetes: An AAPPO Toolkit for PPOs" provides talking points about effective diabetes prevention and care management and offers evidence-based resources from national organizations to help users find more practical information that they can adopt to promote diabetes care improvements with payers, providers and patients.

Diabetes poses severe health and economic hardships, not only for those living with the disease, but also for providers and employers. Recent estimates place the total annual economic impact of diabetes in 2007 at $174 billion, including $116 billion in direct care costs and $58 billion in indirect costs -- increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, disease-related unemployment disability and loss of productive capacity due to early mortality.

"As the most popular health care option for Americans, PPOs have a responsibility to move the discussion on how to prevent and treat diabetes forward with payers, physicians and other providers, as well as with patients regarding how to prevent, identify and effectively manage diabetes," said Karen Greenrose, president and CEO of AAPPO.

"Through our collaboration with DMAA, we have given our PPO members, as well as others in the health care field, a great tool to help them take steps to increase the quality of care for diabetes," continued Greenrose.

"Diabetes, like other chronic conditions, responds well to regular, evidence-based care and patient self-management," said DMAA President and CEO Tracey Moorhead. "Education is essential to that process, and this toolkit delivers important information providers and other stakeholders can use to combat this increasingly prevalent condition."

Diabetes can be successfully managed, but often patients and physicians are not aware of key care components and high-value preventive services may not always be covered benefits. When diabetes is controlled, patients experience fewer complications and can lead healthier, more productive lives. With more than 7 percent of Americans currently diagnosed with diabetes, it is incumbent on every stakeholder in the health care industry to make efforts to help control its impact. Improvements in diabetes care quality will improve both health and productivity outcomes -- thus returning a benefit for employer-payers, providers and diabetic patients themselves.

The toolkit, which is available on the AAPPO's ACT on Diabetes Web site (http://www.aappo.org/AAPPO_ACT/AOD_01.cfm) is part of an ongoing campaign by AAPPO to address the growing issue of diabetes.

The AAPPO toolkit includes links to free evidence-based information from national organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, the American College of Physicians and the National Diabetes Education Program. The toolkit identifies resources that PPOs can implement or recommend to payers, providers and patients to engage them in improving care.

Last year, AAPPO kicked off its ACT on Diabetes Initiative to encourage AAPPO members to take Action, Champion better care, and empower patients to Take charge of diabetes by providing tools and information to the over 1,000 PPO providers nationwide.

AAPPO (http://www.aappo.org) is the leading national association of preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and affiliate organizations. PPOs put control for medical decisions in the hands of the physician and patient, resulting in easy access to the right care, provided by the right doctor, at the right time. AAPPO creates a forum for discussion and dissemination of best practices through its formal committee structure.

DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance convenes all stakeholders providing services along the care continuum toward the goal of population health improvement. DMAA's activities in support of these efforts include advocacy, research and the promotion of best practices in care management. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders -- including wellness, disease and care management organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and benefit managers, health information technology innovators, biotechnology innovators, employers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, and researchers and academicians. Visit DMAA on the Web at http://www.dmaa.org.


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