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Meeting the Mark: Achieving Excellence in Diabetes Care

  • By: NYSHealth
  • Date: August 2014
  • Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management
  • Type: Grant Outcome Reports
  • Category: Grant Outcome Report
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Nearly 1.8 million New Yorkers suffer from diabetes and another 4.2 million have prediabetes. The epidemic affects individuals’ health and also takes a toll on health care institutions, health plans, and the State’s budget. Beginning in 2008, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) invested in a $35 million Diabetes Campaign with the goal of reversing the epidemic. The Campaign seeks to build a critical mass of primary care physicians who achieve excellence in diabetes care as demonstrated by attaining recognition under the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Diabetes Recognition Program or Bridges to Excellence’s (BTE’s) Diabetes Care Recognition Program. In 2010, NYSHealth launched the Meeting the Mark: Achieving Excellence in Diabetes Care initiative to increase the number of primary care providers achieving national recognition for delivering excellence in diabetes care.

Grant Goals:

Under this grant, the Meeting the Mark initiative set out to achieve the following:

  • Assist at least 3,000 physicians in achieving NCQA or BTE diabetes recognition.
  • Provide $2,500 per physician who achieves diabetes recognition.

Grant Outcomes:

By February 2014, the Meeting the Mark initiative achieved the following outcomes:

  • Helped more than 1,100 providers receive NCQA or BTE diabetes recognition.

View a complete list of Meeting the Mark grantees.

 Health Care Providers Improve Diabetes Care for Patients 
A physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Rohit Bhalla strived to deliver superior care to his patients. When he and other health care providers had the opportunity to attain recognition from a national diabetes program, it was not only a chance to deliver excellent diabetes care and achieve good outcomes for patients, but also a way to transform a systemwide approach to care. Learn more.

Download Grant Outcomes Report