Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Health Insurance Providers


Health insurance providers can also support management of diabetes through education and outreach efforts to their members. Bringing individuals into high-quality diabetes care early can help improve quality of life and may avoid complications. Some action steps for health insurance include:

  • Distribute educational materials to health plan members with diabetes via direct mail or to health care providers for distribution.
  • Inform women with diabetes about the importance of blood glucose control before and during pregnancy.
  • Acknowledge providers that effectively use care guidelines to provide high-quality diabetes care.
  • Consider offering health care providers incentives to follow evidence-based practice guidelines for care to optimize treatment outcomes.
  • Educate patients about the importance of healthy lifestyle behaviors and self-blood glucose monitoring and management. Create patient education materials targeting groups that are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, such as children, people of various racial and ethnic groups, and elderly persons.
  • Consider designing insurance benefits that cover evidence based services needed to treat diabetes, including diabetes self-management education.

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