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Rural Medicaid Diabetes Program Judged "One of the Best Population Health Interventions Ever"
Date:7/31/2013

Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

The Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC), in collaboration with the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME), designed the “Keep It In Check” Iowa Medicaid Diabetes Program. Funded in part by the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, with a device-free remote patient monitoring platform serving as the daily telehealth technology solution, the program evaluation confirmed that a population telehomecare program significantly reduces the need for costly acute care by improving care management and promoting health behaviors for rural Iowans with diabetes who were served by the Iowa Medicaid Program.

Impacting the lives of 650 Iowans, the “Keep It In Check” program was offered from February 2010 through October 2012. It allowed a high risk, vulnerable, rural population to better manage their health through home-based communications and care management.

“The Iowa Chronic Care Consortium’s intervention strategies were responsible for a reduction in the diabetes event rate of 6 percentage points [absolute], or roughly 14% [compared to controls]. This is among the greatest reductions ever achieved in disease management (not just in Medicaid but overall) when measured validly.” -Al Lewis, President, Disease Management Purchasing Consortium International, Inc.

Diabetes was of particular interest targeted by this program due to unprecedented growth in diagnosed cases in the U.S. According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.8 million people in the United States, or 8.3 percent of the population have diabetes. Rural areas also have a higher prevalence of diabetes than urban
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