The Texas Diabetes Council is committed to assuring that Texans with diabetes receive high-quality care from health care providers who have access to the latest information related to diabetes. Activities related to this priority area include developing, updating, and distributing standards of care that serve as guides for health care providers who treat people who have diabetes. Other activities support changes in the health care system – including providers, payers, and educators – that promote not only quality care, but also prevention.
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Read the latest issue of Texas Diabetes, the newsletter of the Texas Diabetes Council.
View the latest diabetes treatment algorithms approved by the Texas Diabetes Council.
Need to update the educational materials you’re giving your patients? Download your copy of the Diabetes Tool Kit today!
Diabetes Mellitus Registry Pilot Program Consent Form
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD) has participated in a diabetes registry since 2007 to better understand local trends in diabetes diagnosis and management. Laboratories in the public health district that serve Bexar County residents have been collecting the results of glycosylated hemoglobin tests (A1C) and submitting them to the Health District and to the Department of State Health Services as required by House Bill 2132 [80R]. Prior to November 2009, only test results have been collected.
After November 1, 2009, physicians must submit diagnosis codes along with specimens as required by House Bill 1363 [81R], unless patients opt out of including their information in the registry. The consent form below is designed to give patients in Bexar County the option to withhold diagnosis codes when their blood sample is sent to the lab.
» Diabetes Mellitus Registry Pilot Program Consent Form (PDF, 49 kb, viewing information)
National Eye Health Education Program
The goal of the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) is to ensure that vision is a health priority by translating eye and vision research into public and professional education programs. NEHEP supports collaboration among eye health professionals, healthcare providers, patients, and the public. Visit the National Eye Health Education Program website: http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep/.
The Diabetes and Healthy Eyes Toolkit provides community health workers and health educators with unique tools to inform people with diabetes and their loved ones about diabetic eye disease and maintaining healthy vision: http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyestoolkit/
At the request of legislators and other interested parties, the Texas Diabetes Council has provided background information (briefings) on current diabetes topics with attention to related activities occurring around the state. Past briefings prepared by staff at the Texas Department of State Health Services are listed below with links to PDF files (viewing information).
Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal
The Texas Diabetes Council has partnered with the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal to protect the public from the potential hazards that unsafe disposal practices present. More information on the Coalition is available at http://www.safeneedledisposal.org/. To download new recommendations from the Environmental Protection Agency that explain disposal options, click here (PDF, 1.2 mb, viewing information).
TDC Web Banners - Add a link on your website to the Texas Diabetes Council's resources for healthcare professionals
Linking your organization's website to www.tdctoolkit.org gives visitors to your site instant access to the TDC's Diabetes Tool Kit featuring:
(1) Self-management training content based on the National Standards for Diabetes Education;
(2) Minimum standards of care and evidence-based treatment algorithms prepared by endocrinologists, physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other professionals appointed to the Medical Professionals Advisory Subcommittee of the Texas Diabetes Council.
The Diabetes Tool Kit is a resource that includes professional and patient education materials. It assists primary care providers, educators, and health plans in delivering quality care and implementing quality improvement efforts. Copy masters of patient handouts in English and Spanish help primary care providers and educators address basic self-management education with their patients who have diabetes. These tools assist those who conduct diabetes self-management education, case management, or disease management.
The online order form allows visitors to order a free copy of the tool kit in print or cd format.
Download TDC web banners like the ones below for your site.
Making Systems Changes for Better Diabetes Care
This practical resource is designed to help health care professionals across the country make a difference in the way diabetes is prevented and treated. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) undertook this task to help address the steps outlined by the Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America in its 2001 Crossing the Quality Chasm report to the National Institute of Medicine. The report focuses on how the health care delivery system can be designed to innovate and improve care. NDEP believes that systems change is essential to provide the type of evidence-based patient-centered care needed to effectively manage diabetes and prevent the serious complications associated with this disease.
The content of this website is based on current, peer-reviewed literature and evidence-based clinical practice recommendations.