Compounding the problem, health professionals identified several cost issues that are barriers to patients receiving adequate diabetes care in their communities. A major problem, according to practitioners, is patient concerns about the costs of diabetes care (93 percent), such as patients not getting reimbursed for all the costs associated with diabetes monitoring supplies and medications (90 percent). Practitioners also cite lack of preventive care (90 percent), limited access to healthier foods (84 percent) and insufficient reimbursement for diabetes educators (80 percent) as obstacles to patients receiving quality diabetes care.
To reduce these barriers, the majority of practitioners surveyed cited a number of things that would improve the quality of care, such as better information that translates practice guidelines into real life situations (94 percent), greater access to skills training (90 percent), offering additional continuing medical education about diabetes (89 percent), and having timely and updated information on best practices (88 percent).
Practitioners also say having streamlined procedures for reimbursement (93 percent), having more time and reimbursement for providing patient counseling (92 percent), and more doctor-patient interaction (86 percent) will improve the quality of care for diabetes patients.
In light of these findings, the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute,
LLC has built a state-of-the-art training center where, twice a week, the
Institute will offer health care professionals a two-day intensive course
that emphasizes training on innovative practice models and ways to use
Johnson & Johnson companies' existing diabetes tools and technologies in
real time to solve patient problems. National diabetes specialists
developed the curriculum and will teach specific courses, and the Institute
|SOURCE Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute, LLC|
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