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Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Inc.

  • Project Title: Meeting the Mark: Achieving Excellence in Diabetes Care
  • Priority Area: Improving Diabetes Prevention
  • Grant Amount: $66,500
  • Date Awarded: January 11, 2012
  • Region: North Country
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  • Grant Status: Complete


Diabetes exacts a devastating human and financial toll on New York State: 1.8 million New Yorkers suffer from diabetes and disease-related costs for the State are estimated at $12.9 billion annually. As part of an effort to reverse the epidemic, this grant supported primary care physicians in their efforts to provide excellent care for their patients with diabetes. Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Inc., received funds to support 22 primary care physicians.

Diabetes is a largely preventable and manageable condition, and information and tools exist to help people manage the disease and reduce complications that lead to unnecessary hospitalizations and preventable death. The Meeting the Mark: Achieving Excellence in Diabetes Care grant awarded $2,500 per physician who attained recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or the Bridges to Excellence (BTE) diabetes program. The NCQA and BTE diabetes recognition programs are an indicator that clinicians are delivering the best care and achieving good outcomes for patients. This in turn helps to reduce the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits for people with diabetes and to lower health care costs.

View a complete list of Meeting the Mark grantees.