Regular health assessments important for diabetic member populations

by Jessica Wahaus on November 16, 2015

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 10 percent of Americans are affected by diabetes, and 86 million are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The ADA also estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States amounts to $245 billion, with 1 in 5 of all health care dollars being spent on care for those with diabetes.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes today, and 8.1 million are still undiagnosed. A May 2015 Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ study indicated that states that expanded Medicaid saw a significant rise in newly identified cases of diabetes. Scientists conducting the study also found lower hemoglobin A1C levels in newly identified patients in those expansion states, highlighting the importance of regular health assessments for health plan members.

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, and can reduce the risk of developing additional health complications, including neuropathy, kidney disease, and stroke. Regular health assessments can help identify risk factors for the disease, such as family history, obesity, and lack of physical activity. Programs that offer follow-up appointments with a nurse practitioner can help members better understand the disease, which may reduce risk and/or identify options for care.

Learn how the MediCheck™ health assessment program can help with compliance for diabetic members. Contact MediCheck at 855.324.7468 or


Source: American Diabetes Association, “American Diabetes Month® 2015: Messages & Fact Sheet.” November 9, 2015.

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