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Managing High Diabetes Costs

Written by Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N One of the most frustrating parts of diabetes care is helping patients navigate through the financial impact of their disease. Over a 10-year period from 2007 to 2017, the total direct costs of diabetes increased from $116 ...

By |2019-08-20T06:37:09-05:00August 19th, 2019|

Common Vaccination Questions and How to Address Them

As a board certified general pediatrician working in an outpatient clinic, vaccine conversations are a routine part of my day. Vaccine hesitancy is common, and outright vaccine refusal rates are rising in my community. Parents are now routinely exposed to anti-vaccine propaganda, so providers who are administering vaccines ...

By |2019-08-20T06:43:19-05:00August 19th, 2019|

Practicing Good Diabetes Self-Care

Making healthy lifestyle changes, eating well, and being active can affect your diabetes in a positive way. These behavior changes are the foundation of every diabetes treatment plan and can lead to better blood glucose control and better overall health.1 Learning how to slowly incorporate changes over ...

By |2019-07-17T09:49:54-05:00July 16th, 2019|

The Intersection of Patient Education and Patient Experience

Managing the patient experience means paying attention to every aspect of the patient’s interaction with your healthcare system, from admitting through care and discharge, and even after they’ve gone back home. Additionally, details that used to be considered afterthoughts—like menus and room appointments—are integral to a ...

By |2019-05-03T16:56:35-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

Ambulatory Care: The Road to Improved Patient Outcomes

Written by: Georgina R. Howard, RN-BC, NE-BC, MPA, MSN With changes in healthcare reimbursement and health care policy, there has been a shift in access to care for patients. Fewer patients are accessing emergency rooms, opting instead for alternatives like urgent care clinics for non-acute conditions.[1], ...

By |2019-05-03T16:48:40-05:00May 2nd, 2019|

Lifestyle Management for Diabetes Patients

Written by: Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N Lifestyle management is the cornerstone of diabetes care. For some patients, just getting regular physical activity and following an individualized meal plan can yield sufficient outcomes. However, that is easier said than done. Diet and exercise are ...

By |2019-05-03T12:31:41-05:00April 24th, 2019|

Patient Experience: The Next Horizon

Delivering health care has always been about more than providing medical services. For more than 30 years—driven in part by changes in Medicare, as well as increased competition for patients—hospitals and healthcare providers have been aggressively developing initiatives meant to increase patient satisfaction and empower patients. These ...

By |2019-04-09T14:59:44-05:00April 4th, 2019|