Improving Your Diabetes: A Guide for Western New Yorkers
Successful management of your diabetes begins when you take an active role in your own health care.
Improving your diabetes care should be a top priority in your life. This site was designed to help you identify resources to improve your diabetes care. The content in this section will help you better understand the health conditions of this chronic disease, and the some of the best practices to manage your condition, including having certain blood tests and physical exams done on a routine basis to maintain a better state of wellness. There is also an option for you to review the quality of adult primary care doctors in the region in terms of how well they assist their patients in treating their diabetes.
Partnering with Your Doctor for Adult Diabetes
Working hand-in-hand with your doctor is an optimal way to better manage your diabetes. To ensure you are receive the best care, the P² Collaborative, a non-profit community organization, is providing information about how well doctors in the eight counties of Western New York treat diabetes in adults.* For the first time ever, area residents can see how well doctors in our region followed nationally-recommended guidelines for the treatment of diabetes, such as administering the appropriate tests to check blood sugar levels. These nationally-recommended guidelines have been converted to quality scores to enable health plans, accreditation agencies - and now consumers - to better understand which doctors are more likely to follow these guidelines when treating their patients. Use this site to find doctors who provides the best care for diabetes, or use the information to help talk with your doctor about what you both can do to improve your care.
It is important for you to remember that while a physician can recommend/order a test be performed, it is up to you to make sure that the lab work is completed and referral visits to podiatrists, ophthalmologists and other doctors are performed. Your actions - and those of other patients in a doctor's practice -- impact these scores.