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Local clinic with an American Diabetes Education Recognition Program reveals outstanding results when compared to a nationally renowned Center
December 14, 2010










San Antonio (December 14, 2010) - The South Texas American Diabetes Association (ADA) shared impressive outcomes that illustrate effective diabetes management averages from Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic (DGD), a local ADA Certified Diabetes Education Recognition Program, when compared to those of the Cleveland Clinic.

This does not come as a surprise to DGD since its founder and CEO, Dr. Sherwyn L. Schwartz, was the first Endocrinologist in private practice in San Antonio in 1979. "These results demonstrate what can be achieved by consistently following ADA Standards of Care," he said.

For 31 years, Dr. Schwartz and his team of practitioners have been doing just that, providing diabetes care to thousands of South Texans with the help of evidenced-based measures designed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

"Our commitment to improving the lives of all people with diabetes is evident when we compare the results of what our Clinic's physicians, extenders and educators have been able to achieve to other national programs," shared Dr. Schwartz.

The NCQA in partnership with the ADA have developed the Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) to offer clinicians evidence-based measures to aid with providing excellent care to patients with diabetes.

The DRP Program has 10 measures that cover areas such as:

  • HbA1c control
  • Blood Pressure control
  • LDL control


Measures that are critical to help combat the battle against diabetes.

A recent report from the Texas Health Institute projects the number of Texas adults diagnosed with diabetes to quadruple in 30 years. About 2.2 million Texas adults - one in twelve - have diabetes today.

The Congressional Budget Office reported that healthcare spending consumed 16% of GDP in 2007, which was $14.1 Trillion. The National Changing Diabetes Program reported that one out of every eight (12.5%) healthcare dollars was spent treating people with diabetes in 2005. By 2007, just two years later, that number had risen to one out of five (20%) health care dollars spent treating diabetes according to Fiscal Times.

With increases in both the number of diabetics and the cost of medicine, many experts believe diabetes-related spending is approaching 25% of healthcare dollars, if not there already President Obama cited the Cleveland Clinic as an example of providing the highest quality care in a cost-effective manner. "Well, don't pack your bags yet," says Elizabeth Tobias, Senior Executive Director of the South Texas Area of the American Diabetes Association. "We have a clinic right here in San Antonio providing impressive diabetic outcomes in a cost-effective manner." Earlier this year the Cleveland Clinic released a report titled Outcomes 2009 Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute that reported their outcomes results. "While their diabetes outcomes are very good, the Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic had superior outcomes in each category while reporting on over four times the number of patients," she added.


About the Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic

The Diabetes & Glandular Disease Clinic, founded by Dr. Sherwyn L. Schwartz in 1979, is the largest private endocrine practice in the United States. The clinic has nine Board Certified Endocrinologists, including a Pediatric Endocrinologist, nine Nurse Practitioners and one Physician Assistant along with six Certified Diabetes Educators and registered dietitians. Utilizing fully electronic medical records (EMR) since 1997, the clinic also offers such amenities as in-house laboratory services in order to provide patients with comprehensive care at each visit. "Having your labs taken at the time of visit not only saves patients time by requiring fewer visits, but allows the physician to have the most up-to-the minute data available when treating the patient along with their complete medical history in our EMR thus helping us to attain greater outcomes," said Dr. Schwartz. "Our use of extenders (NPs/PAs) keeps costs down and helps improve results." The clinic is located at 5107 Medical Drive in San Antonio and open from 7:30 am until 6 pm Monday through Friday and includes a walk-in clinic. For more information please call 210.614.8612 or check online at www.dgdclinic.com.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1.800.DIABETES (1.800.342.2383) or visit www.diabetes.org.

 

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