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  • Helping people with diabetes balance carb intake

    posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019

    For the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes, every day is a constant routine of self-care to ward off dangerous complications of the disease. That means monitoring glucose levels regularly, getting enough exercise, and most importantly, eating a healthy diet. A diabetes-friendly diet boosts longevity and quality of life while reducing the potential for complications including stroke, visual impairment, kidney disease, and heart disease.

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  • Improving lives and reducing medical costs by addressing malnutrition

    posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Many people are surprised to learn that malnutrition is a problem in America. In fact, a 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture study estimates that 40 million Americans, including 12 million children, are food insecure, or lack steady access to affordable, nutritious food.

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  • Kidney disease and the American kidney initiative

    posted on Thursday, August 29, 2019

    The kidneys play an important role in bodily function by removing wastes and toxins, balancing fluids, stimulating red blood cell production, and releasing hormones. When the kidneys don't function properly, waste can build up in the body leading to kidney damage and even complete kidney failure. Treatment for the disease includes dialysis, and in some cases, the need for a kidney transplant.

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  • HEDIS, Star Measures & Nutrition

    posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019

    Most plans measure effectiveness and clinical quality, at least in part, through the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS. HEDIS reports have become a major component of quality rating systems that measure the clinical quality performance of health plans by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), states offering Medicaid, and other entities.

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  • SDOH and readmission rates

    posted on Thursday, August 15, 2019

    Unplanned hospital readmissions in the U.S. cost between $15 and $20 billion annually. Common causes for readmission include premature discharge, infections, complexities from having multiple chronic conditions, and taking high-risk medications. But there are several harder to identify social risk factors including financial security, access to food, housing and employment, commonly known as Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), that drive up hospital readmissions.

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