Financial Impact of Inpatient Glycemic Control: Opportunities for Clinical and Financial Improvement

Key Points

  • Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent diagnosis among hospitalized patients.

    • Many patients have unrecognized diabetes.

  • Diabetes contributes to greater lengths of stay and increased costs among hospitalized patients.

  • Identifying and treating diabetes:

    • Reduces risk of serious and expensive complications

    • Reduces length of stay

    • Improves the bottom line

  • Hospitals and physicians who are diabetes experts, with the support of other allied health professionals can work together to:

    • Enhance the quality of care and improve outcomes

    • Increase revenues with appropriate payment for care provided and resources expended

  • Proactive implementation of programs to improve diabetes control improves both patient outcome and hospital bottom lines.

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