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Medical News & Perspectives
January 26, 2000

Enhancing Diabetes Care in a Low-Income, High-Risk Population

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JAMA. 2000;283(4):467-468. doi:10.1001/jama.283.4.467-JMN0126-2-1

Dallas—According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes mellitus types 1 and 2 affect 15.7 million people in the United States—almost 6% of the population. The host of complications associated with this chronic disease make it one of the most costly health problems in the country. Identifying ways to improve the health of those with diabetes is a desirable goal that may also yield long-term cost savings.

Ann Albright, PhD, RD, of the California Department of Health Services, has been working on a state program to enhance diabetes care among a low-income, high-risk population in a clinical setting. Speaking at the National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control here last month, she said the project came about because MediCal—California's version of Medicaid—realized that people with diabetes were costing the program an "inordinate" amount of money.