Key points addressed in this paper:
1) Diabetes educators are essential clinical diabetes specialists and they must be active policy-makers and providers in order to support the population health model.
2) The focus on the Quadruple Aim and the shift away from fee-for-service to value-based care is intended to have a positive impact on a person’s quality of care and satisfaction. It is also creating an opportunity for diabetes educators to re-evaluate and expand their services to demonstrate their value.
3) Diabetes educators must stay informed. By using the population health approach, tapping into the quality improvement infrastructure at their respective organizations, and becoming aware of their organizations’ performance relating to population-level diabetes measures, they can identify and position themselves as the experts who can help improve the system’s diabetes quality measures.
4) Diabetes educators are at a turning point. They have an opportunity to position themselves as diabetes specialists for diabetes management, education, and care delivery.
5) While the term population health may be new to many diabetes educators, it is something that many are already immersed in and using to show their value to employers and health systems.