Diabetes 101


Structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Significantly Reduces A1C Levels in Poorly Controlled, Noninsulin-Treated Type 2 Diabetes:



This study suggests that when patients bring structured self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) information to clinic visits, and when physicians know how to interpret and respond to SMBG information, timely and appropriate treatment changes are more likely to occur than in cases in which structured SMBG data are not available, as occurred in the ACG.

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Low Consumption and Higher Cost:

Low Consumption and Higher Medicare Cost

Consumption Clusters in a Medicare Fee-for-Service Population

A recent study by the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) analyzes the utilization of benefits and services by all Medicare beneficiaries over a six-year period. Study authors used the Medicare Beneficiary Annual Summary Files from 2000 to 2005 to glean insights on the consumption patterns of all Medicare benefits and services.

Results from this analysis show that beneficiaries who consume the least benefits and services – as evidenced by the level of reimbursement associated with their care – are more likely to have health issues, costing the program significantly more in the short term.

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Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation

The Silver Book Diabetes

 The Silver Book®: Diabetes

While there have been advances in recent years in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, diabetes continues to be a major health threat for at least 28 million Americans. The biggest concerns for individuals with the disease are its many complications and co-morbidities.

We are pleased to introduce the latest volume in this important collection, The Silver Book®: Diabetes, which paints a comprehensive picture of the burden of diabetes.

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Did You Know?

1 out of 3 Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes, with a high percentage attributed to tertiary illness caused by unmanaged or undermanaged diabetes.5