By the Numbers: Why QIN-QIOs Are Taking a Stand Against Diabetes

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Diabetes is a serious public health concern, impacting millions of Medicare beneficiaries and disproportionately afflicting ethnic and minority populations across the United States. In response to these alarming statistics, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, designed to improve quality of life and health outcomes for targeted populations of Medicare beneficiaries living with diabetes. The EDC program was piloted by three CMS Quality Improvement Organizations starting in 2008, and was expanded nationwide in 2014.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States, 2014, Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2014.
  2. 2013 testimony by the Congressional Diabetes Caucus in the US House of Representatives and the American Diabetes Association
  3. Gregg EW, Zhuo X, Cheng YJ, Albright AL, Narayan KV, Thompson TJ. Trends in lifetime risk and years of life lost due to diabetes in the USA1985 — 2011: a modeling study. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. 2014.
  4. CDC 2014. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2012. Table 8.