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Insurers keep watchful eye on costly diabetic members

Now more than ever insurers are monitoring their diabetic patients to ensure they don't miss appointments or forget to fill up prescriptions, reports the Associated Press.

Study: Diabetes prevention bill will cut Medicare costs, improve health

A proposed Medicare bill could lower federal spending by $1.3 billion while decreasing the rate of diabetes among beneficiaries by more than a third, according to a study released by the American Diabetes Association and YMCA of USA.

CMS releases first ACO outcomes data

Accountable care organizations have had varied success with diabetes and heart disease patients, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis of Medicare data.

UnitedHealth reaps rewards of incentivizing members in diabetes program

UnitedHealth has found success through its Diabetes Health Plan, which has helped the nation's largest insurer improve the health of members with diabetes while simultaneously lowering healthcare...

Shared medical appointments offer efficiency, patient support

Group members benefit from receiving advice from others with diabetes, particularly when it comes to diet, instead of listening to healthcare professionals tell them what they should do.

Mobile imaging device improves diabetic wound management

A U.K. company has developed an imaging device that can be used create a 3-D model of wounds or scars that could improve the way in which diabetic wounds are measured and characterized.

Humana finds simplicity key to engaging older members

When Humana set out to create a program helping its Medicare Advantage members manage their diabetes, it learned an age-old lesson--simple is better. Humana launched a multi-channel, multimedia...

Insurers, CDC work to stamp out diabetes, costs

America's Health Insurance Plans and four of its member insurers have joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help combat a major cause of rising healthcare costs--diabetes.

Empathetic docs keep patients out of the hospital

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have concluded that more empathetic physicians achieve better clinical outcomes.

Consumer Reports rates practices on value, chronic care

Consumer Reports has continued its work in the healthcare arena with two new studies assessing what patients in Minnesota get for their money when they go to the doctor's office.