CSMS-IPA and Cigna join together to Increase Awareness Around the Importance of the Retinal Eye Exam in Diabetes Care.
In September, CSMS-IPA in collaboration with Cigna, will launch a campaign entitled “Keep Your Eye on What’s Important”. The goal of the campaign is to conduct a mailing to CSMS-IPA diabetic patients with Cigna coverage who are in need of a Retinal Eye Exam. “Making certain that all diabetics get annual eye exams is extremely effective at preventing the number one cause of blindness in18-64 year olds. CSMS-IPA can identify patients who need to get this exam. We all need to work together to make this happen” says David D. Thompson, Jr., MD.,President and Medical Director CSMS-IPA.
Patients will gain the following valuable information from the mailing:
• Learn why their yearly eye exam is so important as a diabetic patient.
• Learn what actions they can take by calling their doctor and scheduling their exam.
• Schedule regular visits with their doctor who manages their diabetes.
• Keep their blood sugar levels in control and obtain hemoglobin A1c levels as directed by their doctor.
Retinal Eye Exams are one of the HEDIS Star Performance measures in diabetes Care. It requires that diabetic patients have a Retinal Eye Exam yearly with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Why is this important? Diabetes can cause eye problems including diabetic retinopathy. Many patients may not even present with symptoms or notice any changes in their vision or have pain. An eye exam may detect problems early when treatment may be more effective.
Ensure that all of your diabetic patients are participating in their diabetes care, including their regular Diabetic Retinal Eye Exam.
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