Podcast: Group Visits for Diabetes: How to Help Patients Better Control Their Disease

March 23, 2010

Only 7% of patients with diabetes have reached goals for hemoglobin A1c, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure. What can be done to help more patients achieve their goals? In this 2-part interview, Dr Edward Shahady shows how group visits can help your patients with diabetes better control their disease and reduce their risk of diabetic complications.

Only 7% of patients with diabetes reached goal for hemoglobin A1c, LDL cholesterol, and blood pressure at the same time. What can be done to help more patients achieve goal? In this 2-part interview, Dr Edward Shahady shows how group visits can help your patients with diabetes better control their disease and reduce their risk of diabetic complications.

Dr Shahady is clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Florida and the University of Miami; an associate faculty member in the residency program at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville; President for Medicine of the North Florida/South Georgia Chapter of the American Diabetes Association; and medical director of the Diabetes Master Clinician Program of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in Jacksonville. He is also a long-time member of the Editorial Board of Consultant, and a frequent contributor on diabetes.

What Is the Rationale Behind Group Visits, and How Do They Improve Care?

How do group visits help promote self-management? What are the barriers or challenges that physicians face when considering group visits?

Group Diabetes Visits Podcast Part One

 

How To Make Group Visits Work in Your Practice

How well are group visits received by patients? What is the optimal mix of patients to include in a group? Can patients with limited English proficiency participate? How is billing handled for group visits?

Group Diabetes Visits Podcast Part Two

 

Diabetes Resources From the Florida Academy of Family Physicians

Group Visits With a Focus on Diabetes
By Edward Shahady, MD

This manual is used by the Diabetes Master Clinician Program to train master clinicians and associates on how to conduct group visits. It includes patient evaluations, coding and charging, planning, conducting, and recruiting for group visits. Examples of HIPPA and permission forms and how to document a group visits and references are included.

Diabetes Master Clinician Program Other resources on diabetes compiled by Dr Shahady.

Featured Articles by Dr Edward Shahady

Diabetes Management: An Approach That Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs

Barriers to Effective Diabetes Care: How to Recognize and Overcome

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Does Lowering Hemoglobin A1c Help or Harm?

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