Overtreatment common in high-risk diabetes patients

Family Practice News Digital Network: 07/22/13

CHICAGO – Glycemic overtreatment of high-risk diabetic patients is rampant within the Veterans Affairs health care system, according to a national study.

Moreover, because many of these diabetic veterans who are at high risk for serious hypoglycemia are also Medicare eligible, it’s quite likely that overtreatment is a common problem in the Medicare population as well.

“I think these findings are directly relevant to Medicare,” Dr. Leonard M. Pogach said in presenting the VA study results at the annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. Read more