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Groundbreaking Diabetes Disease Management Program Honored With URAC National Best Practices Award
Date:5/11/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- URAC, a leading independent health care quality accrediting organization, has awarded the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Department of Health, Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc., and Lilly the Bronze Award in Health Information and Decision Support at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards for the Arkansas Diabetes Disease Management Program.

The awards honor health care programs that advance patient safety and empower consumers. Finalists for the awards share program information with conference attendees to encourage duplication of best practices across the country. Details on the Arkansas Diabetes Disease Management Program, including program results, are available at www.lillyforbetterhealth.com.

"Our Best Practices Awards Program is a unique celebration of the best the health care industry has to offer. These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading-edge programs with results that matter," said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO, URAC. "At a time when health care reform is in the spotlight, achievements from companies like Lilly are even more important."

How the Program Works

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes.(1)

In an effort to combat the growing prevalence of diabetes in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services implemented the Diabetes Disease Management Program.

As part of the project, Medicaid clients receive intensive diabetes self-management education
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