News and Updates

Health Centers Meeting Million Hearts Performance Measure Targets

HRSA recently launched its Million Hearts® badge to recognize the 215 HRSA-funded health centers that meet or exceed the MH targets of 70% on the UDS clinical performance measures for aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, and tobacco cessation counseling for tobacco users. Go to the 2014 Health Center Profile to find health centers with this badge.

New Diabetes Prevention Module from the American Medical Association

AMA STEPS Forward offers innovative strategies that will allow physicians and their staff to thrive in the evolving health care environment by working smarter, not harder, and giving them more time back to spend caring for their patients. Physicians can access the collection of interactive educational modules online at stepsforward.org and also earn continuing medical education credit. The 16 current modules include steps for implementation, case studies, downloadable videos, tools and resources. The diabetes prevention module presents strategies to help physicians as well as practice staff educate patients about their risk for developing diabetes and refer at‑risk patients to a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. This module also addresses the need for helping physicians determine roles and responsibilities and practice flow for diabetes prevention in a clinical setting. The AMA-CDC Provider Toolkit has been incorporated into the module. You can access the preventing type 2 diabetes in at-risk patients module at https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/prevent-type-2-diabetes.

Workshop for Local DSME Programs (Nov. 6-7, Phoenix, AZ)

The American Association of Diabetes Educators’ workshop, Building Your Diabetes Education Program—Everything You Need to Know and More, has been expanded to include a second day dedicated to the National Diabetes Prevention Program to provide guidance for DSME programs on how to establish and run a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program.

Participants will receive:

  • A comprehensive review of the National Standards/National Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Reimbursement and documentation strategies for DSME.
  • Skills to build a business case for adding a diabetes prevention program to an existing DSME program.
  • Information on setting SMART goals and developing a CQI process Marketing, recruitment, and sustainability tools.
  • An understanding of the current landscape for reimbursement of prevention.

Please see this flyer for more information and here for DSME programs in your area.