Key Indicators for Recognition

The first-ever national recognition program to recognize hospitals providing safe and high-quality health care for people living with diabetes, Recognized Leader in Caring for People Living with Diabetes, will assess applicant hospitals along a comprehensive range of key indicators that assess the full continuum of care in the hospital. The highest-performing hospitals will deliver safe, effective care that empowers patients from admission all the way through following up after discharge.

Structures to Support Patient Centered Care

  1. Diabetes Self-Management: Facilitating self-management of using insulin pumps and glucose monitors.
  2. Patient-Reported Concerns: Providing multiple reporting channels for patients to communicate concerns, and implementing a process to ensure those concerns are addressed.
  3. Rapid Response Teams: Empowering patients and their families to activate a rapid response team who can evaluate the patient and escalate care.
  4. Hypoglycemia Protocol: Following a specified hypoglycemia protocol to allow rapid treatment in emergency situations.
  5. Data Collection on Amputations: Collecting data on amputations and/or participating in registries collect data on amputations.

Surgical Patients

  1. Preparation for Scheduled Inpatient Surgery: Ensuring that patients with diabetes have appropriate preparation for a scheduled surgery, including a preoperative assessment, medication management, and monitoring during the procedure.

All Hospitalized Patients

  1. HbA1c Testing: Conducting an HbA1c test on admission for patients with diabetes, unless a recent test has been documented.
  2. Meals and Insulin Regimen: Ensuring the appropriate administration of insulin based on meals and monitoring carbohydrates.

High-Risk Patients

  1. Specialized Care Teams and Patient Education: Deploying a specialized team to care for and educate high-risk patients with diabetes.
  2. Discharge Planning: Implementing a comprehensive discharge process for high-risk patients with diabetes, that includes post-discharge care coordination, medication management, patients education, and more.
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