The latest issue of the American Journal of Managed Care has several interesting articles on diabetes, demonstrating several opportunities to improve outcomes and reduce costs:

How Managed Care Organizations Contribute to Improved Diabetes Outcomes: Patricia Salber, MD, chief medical officer and SVP at Universal American, a large Medicare health and drug plan, outlines how MCOs are improving outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Diabetes Complications Severity Index and Risk of Mortality, Hospitalization, and Healthcare Utilization: This study show that the Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) performs better than complication counts and is a useful tool to predict mortality and hospitalization risk.

Lower Severe Hypoglycemia Risk: Insulin Glargine Versus NPH Insulin in Type 2 Diabetes: Findings shows cost savings and lower incidence of hypoglycemia with insulin glargine.

Diabetes Diagnosis, Resource Utilization, and Health Outcomes: Article highlights the clinical and economic case for much earlier detection of hyperglycemia.

Do Diabetes Group Visits Lead to Lower Medical Care Charges?: Findings show that group visits (shared medical appointments) significantly reduce outpatient costs of diabetes care, primarily by substituting group visits for more expensive individual specialty care visits.

To read or download all the articles in the January 2008 issue of AJMC, click here.