This month WESTMED Medical Group has joined the AMGA Foundation’s* “Diabetes: Together 2 Goal” campaign along with more than 120 other leading healthcare organizations across the country. This national campaign aims to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes in the United States by 2019.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 29.1 million people (or 9.3% of the population) have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of diagnosed diabetes in U.S. adults. People who have diabetes are at higher risk of serious health complications, such as heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Other complications can include blindness, kidney failure, and loss of toes, feet or legs.
WESTMED and its fellow AMGA members participating in Together 2 Goal commit to implementing one or more evidence-based care processes (“campaign planks”) designed to empower patients, improve care delivery and leverage information technology. Additionally, campaign participants will report data to AMGA Foundation on a quarterly basis to measure progress towards this goal and utilize the campaign’s resources and tools to achieve this mark.
Currently, WESTMED cares for over 7,000 patients with Type 2 diabetes. “We already strive to provide our diabetic patients with high quality, coordinated care,” says Dr. Caroline DeFilippo, WESTMED’s associate medical director of internal medicine. “Over two-thirds of our diabetics have achieved good control, and over 90 percent of our diabetics have been seen in the past year for appropriate lab tests.”
Dr. DeFilippo adds, “Joining the Together 2 Goal campaign provides WESTMED with further resources to enhance both the patient and physicians’ care management. Our strategies will focus on both patient outreach and also providing tools for our multidisciplinary team of providers--ranging from diabetic educators to nutritionists to physicians.”
“The success of Together 2 Goal requires support and involvement across the entire healthcare industry,” says Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA and Secretary of the Board of AMGA Foundation. “AMGA Foundation truly appreciates WESTMED’s dedication to improving the lives of people across the nation with Type 2 diabetes.”
The AMGA Foundation is the American Medical
Group Association’s nonprofit arm that enables medical groups and other
organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care.
The American Medical Group Association is a
501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and
other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most
prestigious integrated delivery systems.