Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes. It is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the US, and it has no cure.
In 2013, the Employee Benefit Funds participated in the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) run by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The DRP had 11 measures of a healthcare providers’ performance, which included:
- HbA1c control
- Blood Pressure control
- LDL control
- Eye examinations
- Nephropathy Assessment
As recipients of the DRP Recognition, the Employee Benefits Fund is now part of an elite group within the Healthcare industry that has been publicly recognized for providing the highest-level of diabetes care as defined by the 11 measures, demonstrated through clear, clinical documentation, thereby improving the delivery of diabetes care.