The prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts nearly doubled over the past 20 years across all ages and ethnicities, from 3.8% to 8.9%. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes will range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 by 2050. Increases in health center patients with uncontrolled diabetes has prompted HRSA to make diabetes management a specific focus of the HRSA Operational Site Visits (OSVs).The OSV Site Visit Protocol lists the documents health centers will be required to provide during OSVs as part of the Performance Analysis. Items include:
- examples of performance improvement activities related to diabetes control
- QI/QA reports on diabetes control
- a list of TA and training needs that may support performance on diabetes control
Diabetes Training & Technical Assistance
To support health centers in improving patient health outcomes and preparing for the HRSA performance analysis process, the League is pleased to offer a variety of TA opportunities and resources. We will continue to build this program in the coming months and years. Current opportunities for health centers include:
- Joslin Diabetes ECHO
- Joslin Diabetes Center in partnership with the League has developed a health center-focused diabetes ECHO to advance clinical practice and promote peer learning.
- Conducting a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Webinar
- This webinar is focused on building skills to conduct a root cause analysis. RCA is a useful tool that can assist health centers in exploring the underlying challenges of diabetic patients and help to prepare health centers to develop plans for addressing root causes.
- Massachusetts Annual Diabetes Summit
- The League and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are jointly hosting the 2019 Massachusetts Diabetes Summit. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Westborough.
- UDS Data Analytics
- Upon request, the League will provide health centers with a statistical analysis of equity in the care of diabetics by examining patient outcomes by race/ethnicity at your health center.
- Diabetes Driver Diagram
- This tool, often used in learning collaboratives, assists health centers in identifying research-based drivers of positive change in patient outcomes. The tool suggests changes that health centers can test in PDSAs in order to support patients and providers in diabetes management.
- Diabetes Resource Library
- For additional tools and resources, please follow the link above to access our Diabetes Resource Library.
The League's Diabetes Management Program aims to help health centers improve results on diabetes measures with a focus on reducing health disparities, increasing patient engagement in care, and building community partnerships to address social determinants of health.
For more information on the League's Diabetes TA opportunities and resources, contact Nancy Feeney.