The number of Dallas-Fort Worth physicians recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) has more than doubled in the past year, thanks to the coalition of several local stakeholders.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health was the sponsoring coalition. Other participants were Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and four independent practice associations—Jefferson Physician Group, Southwest Physician Associates, Texas Health Physicians Group, and Genesis Physicians Group.
The DRP recognition assures employers they are paying for care that has met certain standards of quality in diabetes care.
The demonstration project’s goal was to have at least 10 percent of DFW primary-care physicians recognized by the diabetes program. After one year, 14 percent of eligible physicians achieved the recognition. Before the project, DFW ranked sixth in Texas in the number of DRP-recognized physicians despite being the state’s most-populated metropolitan area. DFW now ranks No. 4 in the state. An estimated 874,000 DFW residents have diabetes, and about twice that number have prediabetes.