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Updated: February 2, 2010
Will Diabetes Meet Its Match In P4P?

As diabetes continues to run rampant throughout the U.S., more healthcare professionals are counting on P4P incentives that reward improved disease management to stop the surge.

Excess medical expenses and reduced productivity due to diabetes costs the U.S. economy more than $174 billion annually, according to a plethora of published reports on the subject.

The latest findings adds "significant new information to our understanding of the total burden diabetes mellitus puts on our society," said Journal Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health (Philadelphia, Pa.).; and Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon, Professors.

Excessive use of medical services by adults with diabetes could be reduced if physicians adhered to evidence-based clinical guidelines that can improve diabetes care. The report by Dr. Thomas Foels and Sharon Hewner, RN, PhD, from Independent Health Association (Buffalo, NY), "Integrating Pay-for-Performance with Educational Strategies to Improve Diabetes Care," demonstrated just such likelihood.

Population Health Management is a peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of healthcare management and quality.

For more information on the Jefferson School of Population Health, visit

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