HQI Invites Health Care Organizations to Participate in Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC)

HQI invites health care organizations to participate in Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), a no-cost initiative that connects seniors with diabetes or pre-diabetes to free diabetes self-management education (DSME) workshops.

A six-week workshop meets once a week for two and a half hours and is led by two trained facilitators. According to A Diabetes Self-Management Program: 12-Month Outcome Sustainability From a Nonreinforced Pragmatic Trial, the curriculum, which was originally developed at Stanford University, has been found to lower the HbA1c of people with type 2 diabetes, as well as decrease their diabetes-related symptoms.

Topics covered include: 

  • Making an action plan
  • Nutrition/healthy eating
  • Feedback/problem-solving
  • Preventing low blood sugar
  • Preventing complications
  • Fitness/exercise
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Difficult emotions
  • Monitoring blood sugar
  • Positive thinking
  • Communication with family and friends
  • Medications
  • Working with health care professionals and the health care system
  • Sick days
  • Skin and foot care

We will provide the resources and customized technical assistance you need to:

  • Connect your patients with a free, evidence-based diabetes self-management program located in their community
  • Use your electronic health records (EHR) to identify patients with diabetes and ensure they receive appropriate care and to improve your diabetes-specific quality measures
  • Elevate the health literacy of your patients and their family members to increase their adherence and improve their quality of life
  • Enhance the level of engagement you have with patients
  • If desired, develop the capacity to provide your own DSME classes in your practice
  • As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Maryland and Virginia, HQI leads many quality improvement initiatives, including EDC.

In addition, our Improvement Consultants will help you understand how recent changes to Medicare quality reporting, now called the Quality Payment Program, have changed as a result of the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act MACRA. Beginning in 2017, the Quality Payment Program offered two tracks for participation: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Both tracks offer enhanced physician payment for tracking quality measures, advanced use of EHRs, and improvement activities that enhance patient care.

Join Us Today!

Complete the Participation Agreement to join in HQI’s initiative to improve population health.


In Maryland, contact Wale Tychus at or Octavia Peterson at In Virginia, contact Erica Morrison at or Venisha Lambert at You can also contact HQI by phone at 800.854.5244.

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