U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Diabetes Education Program

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Benefits of the Team in Patient-centered Care

The benefits of diabetes patient-centered team care include [3]:

  • efficient patient education
  • improved glycemic control
  • increased patient follow-up
  • higher patient satisfaction
  • lower risk for diabetes complications
  • improved quality of life
  • reduced hospitalizations and decreased health care costs

Payment policies to support team care are being assessed in demonstration projects across the country. For example, Medicare will pay a monthly care management fee for beneficiaries receiving primary care from advanced primary care practices. The fee covers care coordination, improved access, patient education, and other services to support chronically ill patients. Other mechanisms will provide practices with community support and linkages to state health promotion and disease prevention initiatives.