Collaborative Diabetes Clinic Lowers Health Care Costs

Already shown to improve patient outcomes, innovative diabetes clinic is also cost effective for the clinic, health system and payer —

Diabetes cost the U.S. an estimated $245 billion in 2012, in direct medical costs and reduced productivity. Health care providers are facing increasing pressure to achieve better patient outcomes at a lower cost. To help address these issues, researchers at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego are running a Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) “tune up” clinic for complex type 2 diabetes patients at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. In a study published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy, the researchers report the clinic’s economic benefits, which include an estimated cost avoidance of $5,287 per DIMM clinic patient over three years. …Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

UC San Diego Endocrinologists Team with Pharmacists to Offer Diabetes “Tune Up” Clinic

Dr. Steven Edelman

Dr. Steven Edelman

Department of Medicine endocrinologists Steven V. Edelman, MD, (left) and Robert R. Henry, MD (below right), collaborate with Candis Morello, Pharm D, and students in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences to offer a six-month Diabetes Intensive Medical Management (DIMM) “tune up” clinic for patients with complex cases of diabetes at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Dr. Robert Henry

Dr. Robert Henry

At each visit, a patient receives an hour of personalized attention to medication management, diet, exercise, controlling blood sugar levels and other necessities that may be involved in a complex case of diabetes.

The aim is to achieve glycemic control within the six-month period of the “tune up” clinic..

In a preliminary study, Drs. Morello, Evans, Henry and coworkers have assessed the outcomes of the clinic, and the findings indicate that this pharmacist-endocrinologist collaborative approach is effective.  |  Read the Study Abstract in the January 2016 issue of Annals of Pharmacotherapy  |  Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

Steven V. Edelman, MD, Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, directs the Diabetes Care Clinic at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and is an investigator in the VA Center for Metabolic Research. He is founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, a non-profit diabetes education organization. He conducts research focusing on developing and evaluating new treatments for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Robert R. Henry, MD, Professor in the Department of Medicine, is Chief of the VA Center for Metabolic Research and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes at VASDHS. In his research, he investigates the etiology, treatment, and prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Morello is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The study report was published online in November, 2015, and in print in January, 2016.