Reversing the Trend: New York State Health Foundation's Diabetes Campaign
The New York State Health Foundation's Diabetes Campaign, "Reversing the Trend," seeks to address one of the State's most pervasive epidemics—diabetes. Nearly 10 percent of New Yorkers—or 1.4 million—are afflicted with this disease, and almost 4 million more suffer from prediabetes, causing harm to a significant portion of the State's population. Additionally, diabetes costs the State almost $13 billion a year in health care costs and productivity losses. The New York State Health Foundation, or NYSHealth, developed a three-pronged strategy to attack diabetes: (1) improve the way New York physicians treat chronic disease, (2) develop community-based prevention and management initiatives, and (3) progressively transform the chronic care system to a pay-for-performance mode.
Summary of Activities:
NYSHealth has made significant strides in improving chronic care management in New York. To promote effective diabetes care, the campaign has helped more than 2,000 physicians achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Diabetes Recognition Certification. To mobilize communities to improve diabetes prevention, screening, and management, NYSHealth has established more than 200 diabetes prevention and self-management programs across the State. These programs change how health centers currently provide chronic care through the adoption of the Chronic Care Model and a more patient-centered approach. Also critical to these efforts is the establishment of adequate preventive measures to mitigate future adverse effects.
NYSHealth recently launched the next phase of its diabetes campaign, called "Meeting the Mark." This program builds upon existing efforts, and encourages additional primary care practices and health systems to apply for funding to help physicians receive NCQA and BTE Diabetes Prevention Recognition. This will help the program reach its goal of 3,000 newly NCQA- or BTE-certified physicians and health care practitioners in New York State.
NYSHealth has succeeded largely because it secured support from a wide range of stakeholders—payers, providers, and elected officials—to build a collaborative and comprehensive solution to diabetes prevention. Additionally, NYSHealth partners with Health Care Association of New York, Community Health Center Association of New York State, American College of Physicians—New York State Chapter, the Institute for Leadership, the Alliance of New York State YMCA, Inc., and the Institute for Health. These partners are instrumental in helping to improve diabetes prevention and reducing the human and financial toll of diabetes.
Alignment to the National Quality Strategy (NQS):
This campaign is aligned to two National Quality Strategy priorities:
- Promoting the most effective prevention and treatment practices for the leading causes of mortality, starting with cardiovascular disease.
- Working with communities to promote wide use of best practices to enable healthy living.
This program is directed by the New York State Health Foundation. Learn more about New York State Health Foundation's Diabetes Campaign.