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Southeast program to fight diabetes awarded nearly $10 million by HHS
Date:5/8/2012

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The Duke-led program will employ local home care teams who will provide patient-centered coordinated care to improve outcomes and lower cost reducing hospital and emergency room admissions and using preventive care to curb the need for amputations, dialysis, and cardiac procedures with estimated savings of over $20 million. Over the three-year period, the collaborative program will train an estimated 88 health care workers and create an estimated 31 new jobs. These workers include information officers, health integrators, and community health workers who will use new technologies to facilitate communication, education, and care delivery.

The Duke program is one of 26 innovative projects nationwide chosen for their ability to save money, deliver high quality medical care and enhance the health-care workforce. The preliminary awardees announced today are expected to reduce health spending by $254 million over the next three years. CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is administering the awards through cooperative agreements over three years.

"We can't wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger," said Secretary Sebelius. "It's yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost."

Preliminary awardees were chosen for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities, as well as their focus on creating a well-trained health-care workforce that meets the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system.


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Contact: Debbe Geiger
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Duke University Medical Center
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