U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Diabetes Education Program

Review Leadership Tasks

Quality long-term diabetes management requires a comprehensive system of care that serves the needs of both patients and health care professionals. To be effective, leaders need to:

  • Understand the mission
  • Identify the effort as important
  • Translate it into clear goals reflected in policies, procedures, and the business and financial plan
  • Support personnel with appropriate resources

Positive incentives encourage physicians and other health care professionals to make changes. Reorganization of payment structures for team based care (or better payment for brief interventions such as assisting smokers to quit, encouraging exercise routines, or counseling for weight loss) could enable primary care providers or other health care professionals to undertake these behavioral interventions. Accountable care organizations and medical home initiatives are examples of some of these reform efforts. See section on Patient Centered Care.