Lessons from Medicare Advantage on Effective Treatment of Diabetes

Better Medicare Alliance, 18 February 2015

Dr. Gary Puckrein, President & CEO, National Minority Quality Forum

The scourge of diabetes is well known to all of us in the health care community, especially among those of us who work with minority populations. Approximately, one-quarter of the Medicare population has Type 2 diabetes, and the numbers are only increasing. The current fee-for-service system is not conducive to effective diabetes care. Patients are predominantly treated in primary care practice settings where providers have limited time and are often ill-equipped to deal with the complex medical and psychosocial needs of diabetic patients. Read more.