GREAT NECK, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IPRO and Primary PartnerCare® launched a partnership to improve the care of Primary PartnerCare's 4,500 patients with diabetes through a series of six weekly workshops using the Stanford School of Medicine Diabetes Self-Management Education Program (DSMP). The first workshops were completed in Hauppauge, Great Neck, and Lake Success, NY.
DSMP workshops are designed to improve patients' understanding of their diabetes, and are supported through a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Primary PartnerCare's primary care physicians care for over 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries with 4,500 or ~25% of these patients having an active diagnosis of diabetes. "Chronic conditions such as diabetes can have a devastating effect on seniors, leading to damage with patients' eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, and skin. Many patients do not understand the consequences of their diagnosis, or their ability to change or even reverse its course with simple lifestyle changes. These workshops empower patients to make changes that can dramatically improve the quality of their lives," said Harry S. Jacob, MD, Chief Executive Medical Officer of Primary PartnerCare. "We are thrilled to be partnering with IPRO on this important initiative to help provide our patients with the information they need to better manage their diabetes and stay healthy."
"Diabetes self-management workshops are an important tool to optimize the health of our patients as part of our multi-faceted diabetes management program. Primary PartnerCare also has Patient Advocates and RN Clinical Liaisons who work collaboratively with patients living with diabetes and their primary care physician to ensure compliance with all recommended preventive care measures," said Dr. Jacob. "It is alarming how many people do not understand their diabetic diagnosis. IPRO's interactive sessions allow the patients to learn not only from the instructor, but from each other as patients who share the challenges and struggles of diabetes."
IPRO has been offering the six-week Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) in communities throughout downstate New York for over seven years, with more than 6,000 participants completing the program since 2008. "Primary PartnerCare® Associates IPA is the first Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization in Long Island to partner with IPRO to offer free diabetes self-management education to their patients. A total of 29 Primary PartnerCare® patients graduated from the program on July 30, 2015.
"We are impressed by Primary PartnerCare ® Associates IPA's commitment to engage and empower their patients by offering the Diabetes Self-Management Program and we are eager to continue our work with their physicians to measure the impact of diabetes self-management education over time, and to further validate the power of patient education workshops such as these." said Clare B Bradley MD, MPH, Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at IPRO.
About Primary PartnerCare®
Primary PartnerCare is a physician-driven organization founded on the belief that private practice primary care physicians in partnership with their patients produce optimal health. Primary PartnerCare has over 80 primary care physicians in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and New York Counties. Primary PartnerCare Associates IPA was selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program effective January 2014, and is the only primary care Medicare ACO in New York State. In addition to its physician companies, Primary PartnerCare includes an affiliated management services organization focused on care coordination, outcomes improvement, and the development of proprietary software products for health risk assessment, population health, and predictive analytics. Primary PartnerCare is headquartered in Great Neck, NY. For more information, please visit www.PrimaryPartnerCare.com.
A national organization based in Lake Success NY, IPRO leads the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), one of 14 Medicare-funded Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) operating across the U.S. AQIN teams in New York, South Carolina and the District of Columbia work with patients, providers, practitioners and other partners to spark and spread rapid, large-scale improvement in healthcare quality.
The QIN-QIO Program's evidence-based clinical interventions, objective expertise and ability to convene the local healthcare community help providers deliver care in a safer, more effective manner.
Founded in 1984, IPRO is highly regarded for the independence of its approach, the depth of its knowledge and experience and integrity of its programs. IPRO holds contracts with federal, state and local government agencies, as well as private-sector clients, in more than 33 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to its headquarters in Lake Success, New York, IPRO has offices Albany, New York, as well as Connecticut, New Jersey, North Carolina and California.
For more about IPRO, please visit www.IPRO.org.
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