In Tennessee, 13.8%, or more than 710,000 adults, have been diagnosed with diabetes. In most southern states, more than one-third of residents are estimated to have prediabetes. Combined with high poverty levels and lower rates of access to health insurance and healthcare in general in the southern U.S., management of chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, becomes a distinct challenge for patients who live in these regions and their care teams.

In light of National Diabetes Awareness month, we have gathered several resources that healthcare professionals can use to help their patients manage diabetes.

Diabetes Disparities in Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries

Managing Diabetes: Medicare Coverage and Resources

CMS Connected Care Toolkit

National Diabetes Month Resources From the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD)

National Diabetes Month 2021 Toolkit (from NIDDKD)

VHAN has also created several diabetes tools tailored to our network providers, including a care path, patient education in English, Spanish and Arabic, webinars, shared decision-making tools and more. Visit the VHAN Hub content library and search “diabetes” to see all of our diabetes content.