Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth D.C., said Oct. 1 that the new Medicaid manager in D.C. will hold a three-day conference on how D.C. healthcare providers and insurers can improve diabetes treatment.

On Oct. 3, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C., Dale will convene Diabetes Innovation 2013, which will bring together some of the leading diabetes experts—to improve access to and coordination of care within the District’s health care system, improve healthcare effectiveness and data information and reduce participants’ health care cost.

“There is an opportunity to improve the management of diabetes in the city, particularly among its more vulnerable populations,” Dale said in a statement. “And health insurers and the city’s hospitals are collaborating to make this happen.”

According to the D.C. Department of Health, more than one in every 12 of the District’s residents have diabetes and only nine of the 50 U.S. states have a higher rate of diabetes-related deaths.

Dale will discuss implementing the Capital Clinical Integrated Network (CCIN), a project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aimed at improving health outcomes for the District’s Medicaid population through an integrated system of care.

“CCIN is an example of how health care providers and insures serving those at risk or with complex health needs can work together to help even the sickest and hardest-to-reach people access quality health care,” Dale said.

The conference is organized by the Joslin Diabetes Center and will occur from Oct. 3- 5.


Blair Adams

AFRO Staff Writer