California Diabetes Program Smoking Cessation Project Highlighted in The Diabetes Educator Article
The California Diabetes Program partnered with the CA Tobacco Control Program, diabetes educators, and the CA Smokers’ Helpline on a project addressing smoking cessation for people with diabetes. The article appears in the September/October 2011 issue of the Diabetes Educator. The abstract is available online.
Cash Incentives to Callers
With funding from the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases program, California will test the effect of various levels of cash incentives on calls to the California Smokers' Helpline, the state's tobacco cessation quitline. The California Diabetes Program will reach out to health care providers and help them develop systems for identifying and referring Medicaid beneficiaries who smoke and have chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease to the Helpline. Beneficiaries will be offered incentives for their first call to the Helpline as well as for subsequent, relapse prevention calls. Evaluation of the program will determine the amount and timing of incentives that are most effective in encouraging smoking cessation. Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, Nevada, New Hampshire, Montana, Hawaii, Texas, and Connecticut also received funding to encourage Medicaid beneficiaries to participate in chronic disease prevention programs, with each state selecting its own focus for the lifestyle intervention incentive.
State Medicaid Reports
The American Diabetes Association along the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association, and Families USA jointly developed and released state Medicaid reports, “Medicaid’s Impact: Helping People with Serious Healthcare Needs.” These reports outline the number of people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and stroke, and who receive their healthcare through the State Medicaid program.
Reports are available online at www.familiesusa.org for the following states:
California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. (Reports for the remaining states will be posted online on this site as well)
News from the National Association of School Nurses
An article in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of School Nursing titled “A Collaborative Approach to Diabetes Management: The Choice Made for Colorado Schools,” describes a statewide collaborative that brought together key stakeholders, including the Colorado Diabetes Prevention and Control Program and the American Diabetes Association, to ensure that students with diabetes receive consistent, effective and evidence-based care. The Colorado Collaborative resulted in addressing the needs of the students with diabetes through school nurse education and support using a statewide Diabetes Resource Nurse Program. For more information visit www.coloradokidswithdiabetes.org
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) has released a new publication, Managing Diabetes at School: Tools for the School Nurse, to provide school nurses and other diabetes-trained health care professionals with tools and resources to facilitate safe and effective diabetes management for student at school, promoting appropriate independent management by the student. The publication includes sample Individualized Healthcare Plans (IHP), as well as tools and resources needed for assessment, planning and implementing the IHP. The diabetes procedures, skills checklists, delegation checklists and forms for documenting students daily diabetes management, compliment the three tiered framework for training school staff outlined in the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, updated 2010 edition. Managing Diabetes at School: Tools for the School Nurse is available through the NASN website bookstore at www.nasn.org.