Atlantic City hospital system turns traditional healthcare model on its head to battle diabetes

Corpus Christi Caller Times, April 22, 2013
For six years, AtlantiCare, the region's largest health care provider and the city's largest non-casino employer, has been working to tackle diabetes. In 2007, facing rising health care costs, even among its own employees, AtlantiCare opened the Special Care Center, an invitation-only special clinic aimed at helping the chronically sick by pairing them with health coaches and offering them free medicines and office visits. A second clinic opened in nearby Galloway in 2011. The clinics have treated 2,600 patients, including many with uncontrolled diabetes, and has produced stunning results: Reductions in blood sugar levels, a 40 to 45 percent decline in hospitalizations and emergency room visits and a virtual elimination of complications.

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