Salt Lake City, UT -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/13/2020 --Intermountain Healthcare and other health providers across the nation have partnered with the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) to help improve care for more than one million people with type 2 diabetes.
The AMGA's campaign, Together 2 Goal® (T2G), is a collaboration with health care providers to improve the quality of life and reduce costs for patients with diabetes.
The AMGA, Intermountain, and other partners began the initiative in 2016 to implement best-practice care processes for the care of type 2 diabetes patients. Of the one million people who have improved their health through the Together 2 Goal program, approximately 34,0000 are Intermountain patients.
To date, more than 150 medical groups and health systems have joined the effort and improved outcomes for their patient populations, resulting in more people with safer ranges for critical diabetes measures, like blood sugar and blood pressure.
As a founding member of the Together 2 Goal program, Intermountain's Medical Group Diabetes Care Process Model serves as the primary source material for much of the initiative. Providers and caregivers around the country are using the model to measure and improve key diabetic metrics, including A1C results, blood pressure control, and kidney and eye screenings.
One of Intermountain's patients was a historically uncompliant type 2 diabetic and as such, his numbers weren't in control. By focusing on lifestyle and weight loss, Michael was able to stop some of his diabetic and blood pressure medications, and his numbers are now in control. He also feels a lot better. The Together 2 Goal program helped motivate and facilitate many of these changes.
Another patient has been a type 1 diabetic for more than 50 years. Her story is the evolution of diabetic care from the early days before glucometers and human insulin, to early glucometers, now to continuous glucose meters and insulin pumps. Most diabetics of this duration have had significant complications or death. Despite all of these factors, she has managed to control her diabetes very well and has had minimal complications. She is a model example for other patients to see how they can take control of their condition.
"Intermountain and the AMGA are both are committed to establishing, measuring, and adhering to evidence based best practice medicine at the lowest cost possible. Improvement is slow, but our data shows slow and steady improvement," said Mark R. Greenwood, MD, Intermountain's Primary Care Clinical Program medical director.
Dr. Greenwood oversees the program for Intermountain and mentors clinicians at national partner institutions, specifically helping integrate emotional and behavioral support into program design.
"The rewards have been profound," said Dr. Greenwood. "The quality of diabetic control for patients at Intermountain and across the country continues to improve. It is very satisfying to meet with a patient who is eating better, exercising, losing weight, and following the guidelines and see how their life and health improve."
"Thanks to the commitment of groups like Intermountain, we were able to achieve a remarkable goal," said John Kennedy, MD, AMGA chief medical officer and AMGA Foundation president. "Intermountain Healthcare has helped us move the needle in combatting one of the nation's most pressing chronic conditions."
Despite surpassing the one million patient goal, medical groups and health systems across the national will continue to implement Together 2 Goal best practices through 2021. Participating groups will use the remainder of the campaign to hardwire care processes to make improvements sustainable, and new organizations can learn from the work that's already been done.
About Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit system of 24 hospitals, 215 clinics, a Medical Group with 2,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health insurance company called SelectHealth, and other health services in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes and sustainable costs. For more information, see intermountainhealthcare.org.
About the Together 2 Goal® Campaign
AMGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AMGA, launched Together 2 Goal®, a national campaign to fight the challenge of Type 2 diabetes on March 12, 2016. Together 2 Goal® includes more than 150 medical groups, health systems, nonprofit partners, and corporate collaborators such as the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, Geisinger, Henry Ford Health System, The Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Intermountain Healthcare, and Ochsner Health System. The goal of the five-year campaign is to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes by 2021.together2goal.org
About AMGA Foundation
AMGA Foundation is AMGA's philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice. amga.org/foundation.
AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate, and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of our members' recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans.