National Diabetes Month 2018
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. This year’s theme is Focus on Eye Care. Diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness, often has no early warning signs. Early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care are the only ways to prevent vision loss. People with diabetes need to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year and keep their health on track to prevent vision loss.
This page offers resources for providers and community organizations to use throughout this National Diabetes Month to promote eye care and additional health information to those learning to live with diabetes.
National Eye Health Education Program
The NEHEP Diabetic Eye Disease Education Program is designed to help you raise awareness about diabetic eye disease among the people you serve. Our educational resources are designed to communicate the following messages that can help prevent vision loss in people at higher risk:
- Diabetic eye disease often has no early symptoms.
- People with diabetes need a comprehensive dilated eye examination at least once a year.
- Early detection, timely treatment, and follow-up are key to preventing vision loss and blindness.
Providers of pharmacy, podiatry, optometry, and dentistry (PPOD) are well positioned to advise and educate patients about diabetes control and prevention. PPOD may be the first to see a person with, or at risk for, diabetes giving them the opportunity to:
- Give consistent diabetes messages.
- Recognize early danger signs.
- Promote the team approach to care.
The Guide for PPOD Providers is for health workers to promote better outcomes for people with diabetes. Each section of the PPOD Guide provides a “quick course” on that health care specialty and its relation to diabetes. Because each section is written for professionals outside of that specialty, all team members who might care for a person with diabetes can collaborate and make cross-disciplinary treatment referrals. Inside the PPOD Guide, you will find:
- An introduction to team care.
- Tips on communicating with patients.
- Sections in each of the four PPOD areas.
- Resources and links to other PPOD-related resources and organizations.
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)
Telligen has partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to bring the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative to communities we serve. The EDC initiative offers diabetes education programs that teach participants to effectively self-manage their diabetes through nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring, diabetes medications and community resources and support. All at no cost!
‘Tis the season for family, festivities, food… and stress. Telligen is offering DSME classes throughout Colorado, Illinois and Iowa to help people with diabetes manage that unwanted holiday stress. Classes will discuss ways to stay active, make achievable goals and create healthy meal plans when everyone else seems to be splurging. We like to say it just takes a few small changes for big rewards.
Quality Payment Program
There are three Quality Payment Program (QPP) Quality Measure Requirements in 2018 related to diabetes and eye care. The 2018 Quality Measures is a performance category that measures health care processes, outcomes, and patient care experiences. Requirements may change each Performance Year due to shifting rules and currently make up 50% of 2018’s QPP final score. Those measures are:
- Diabetes: Eye Exam
CMS eCQM ID: CMS131v6
Description: Percentage of patients 18-75 years of age with diabetes who had a retinal or dilated eye exam by an eye care professional during the measurement period or a negative retinal exam (no evidence of retinopathy) in the 12 months prior to the measurement period.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Communication with the Physician Managing Ongoing Diabetes Care
CMS eCQM ID: CMS142v6
Description: Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy who had a dilated macular or fundus exam performed with documented communication to the physician who manages the ongoing care of the patient with diabetes mellitus regarding the findings of the macular or fundus exam at least once within 12 months.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Documentation of Presence or Absence of Macular Edema and Level of Severity of Retinopathy
CMS eCQM ID: CMS167v6
Description: Percentage of patients aged 18 years and older with a diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy who had a dilated macular or fundus exam performed which included documentation of the level of severity of retinopathy and the presence or absence of macular edema during one or more office visits within 12 months.
Telligen also has numerous educational handouts for people with diabetes. Visit our Diabetes Self-Management Education Resources page for flyers on:
- Healthy meal planning
- Grocery shopping tips
- Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia
- And many more!
For any additional information about National Diabetes Month, the Quality Payment Program or to set up a DSME program in your community, contact your Telligen state representative: