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Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health Releases Report on the State of Diabetes in Texas
Date:12/17/2007

Texas lags the nation in percentage of diabetes patients receiving recommended care despite increase in number of diabetes patient claims

DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health (DFWBGH) announced today the release of a new report on the prevalence, costs and quality of care for Texans with type 2 diabetes. The Texas Type 2 Diabetes Report 2007 presents an overview of patient demographics, hospital and professional charges, utilization of clinical services and drug therapy for type 2 diabetes patients in key local markets across the state including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth/Arlington, Houston and San Antonio. The report was developed to help providers and employers better identify opportunities to serve the health care needs of Texans with type 2 diabetes. Produced with support from sanofi-aventis, the report is publicly available and can be accessed at DFWBGH's Web site: http://www.dfwbgh.org/documents/DiabetesReport2007.pdf.

"The prevalence of diabetes is growing in Texas, yet utilization rates (patients receiving necessary, appropriate care) for diabetes-related care are lower than the national averages as evidenced by the report findings," said Marianne Fazen, PhD, executive director of DFWBGH. "It's critical that we find ways to improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients with chronic diseases, which was the impetus for a new community-wide health care improvement initiative in DFW that involves physicians, employers, health plans and consumers. Through the DFW Value-Driven Health Care Collaborative, we are working to increase awareness of and compliance with recommended care for diabetes and to create a high quality, efficient and affordable health care delivery system."

Key findings

-- The prevalence of patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has increased for most major markets acros
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