Denton County plans diabetes program

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Denton County Health Department officials are set to begin a new diabetes registry program.

On Tuesday, county commissioners approved the job descriptions and rankings for three positions that are necessary to start the program and help county residents, officials said.

The program will be phased in starting in the summer.

“We hope to be able to proceed with a program that will help us do a better job of serving low-income diabetics in Denton County,” said Bing Burton, county health director. “This program will especially focus on helping diabetics manage their condition better.”

The program isn’t intended to replace a doctor’s care, Burton said, but it will help diabetics manage their condition in conjunction with their physician.

The program was developed through the federal Medicaid 1115 Waiver, which gives states more flexibility to provide health care for those eligible for Medicaid.

The program, which costs about $400,000, will be paid for by waiver funds. A budget amendment — one of the last steps for getting the program up and running — is likely on tap for next week, Burton said.

“It will give us additional staff so that we can do a better job of working closely with them, educating them and encouraging them,” Burton said. “Too many diabetics don’t comply with their doctors’ orders. They don’t keep their appointments, take their medication. … This program will be designed to help them comply with physicians’ orders.”

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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