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Improving Clinical Care for Patients with Diabetes

A key strategy of the Foundation's Diabetes Campaign is improving clinical care and health outcomes for patients with diabetes, as demonstrated by a critical mass of health care providers achieving national recognition for excellent diabetes care. By 2013, NYSHealth aims to have 3,000 physicians in New York State recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Diabetes Recognition Program or Bridges to Excellence’s (BTE’s) Diabetes Care Recognition Program, which focus on improved patient outcomes related to controlled blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

By the end of 2010, more than 700 New York physicians—more than in any other state—had achieved national recognition, which translates to excellent diabetes care for approximately 200,000 patients.

The Foundation supports this work through partnerships with grantee organizations (HANYS, the Healthcare Association of New York State; CHCANYS, the Community Health Care Association of New York State; New York State Academy of Family Physicians; and the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians) to provide technical assistance to help their members achieve recognition.

As a complement to these efforts, the Foundation launched a new request for proposals, Meeting the Mark: Achieving Excellence in Diabetes Care, which invites organizations across New York to apply for funds to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes and to support health care providers in achieving recognition by the NCQA or BTE diabetes programs. Through this program, which continues to accept proposals on a rolling basis, NYSHealth will provide $2,500 per physician who achieves NCQA or BTE diabetes recognition.