As our broken health care system and escalating costs associated with chronic disease and health insurance continue to take center stage in this year's presidential campaigns, an innovative employer-based program is celebrating its third year of improving health and reducing costs for people with diabetes.
The Diabetes Ten City Challenge (DTCC), launched in 2005, is an employer-based diabetes self-management program conducted by the APhA Foundation with support from GlaxoSmithKline. Through the DTCC, participating employers establish a voluntary health benefit for employees, dependents and retirees with diabetes, and waive co-payments for diabetes medications and supplies if they work with a pharmacist "coach" to manage their condition. The DTCC is modeled after other highly successful APhA programs that have shown to improve overall health, reduce absenteeism, shorten hospital stays and reduce health care costs.
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