Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Project Title

Improving Diabetes Care among New York’s Internal Medicine Physicians, Year 1

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Date Awarded

October 30, 2008


Capital Region




The prevalence of diabetes in New York State has doubled in the last decade. An estimated 1.1 million New Yorkers are diagnosed with diabetes and an estimated 430,000 are unaware that they have diabetes. Many patients do not receive the care and support they need to effectively manage their conditions despite existing information about diabetes best-care practices. As one of New York Health Foundation’s Diabetes Campaign “nodes,” the New York American College of Physicians (NYACP) will provide its member internal medicine physicians with technical assistance to adopt best practices to improve the outcomes of their patients with diabetes.

The project’s goal was to increase the number of New York State physicians who are recognized under the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program. In order to achieve NCQA diabetes recognition, physicians and practices must meet high standards of diabetes control and provide 12 months of continuous data to show that they have met the standards by improving their practices and redesigning care delivery systems. Additionally, NYACP worked with other Diabetes Campaign clinical nodes to share best practices, strategies, and results.