A collaboration between Intermountain Medical Group and the American Medical Group Association has helped improve care for more than a million patients with type 2 diabetes nationwide.

The achievement is the result of the Together 2 Goal initiative, a collaboration launched in 2016 to improve quality of life and reduce costs for patients with chronic conditions. The association and national provider partners work to implement best-practice care processes and equip patients with a catalog of leading resources. Of the million people who’ve improved their health through the T2G program, about 34,000 are Intermountain patients.

Intermountain is a founding member of the program, and our Diabetes Care Process Model serves as the primary source material for much of the initiative. Providers and caregivers around the country are using the model to measure and improve key diabetic metrics, including A1C results, blood pressure control, and kidney and eye screenings.

“Intermountain and the association are both committed to establishing, measuring, and adhering to evidence-based best-practice medicine at the lowest cost possible,” said Mark Greenwood, MD, the Medical Group’s family medicine medical director. “Improvement is slow, but our data show slow and steady improvement.”

Dr. Greenwood oversees the program for Intermountain and mentors clinicians at national partner institutions. He specifically helps to integrate emotional and behavioral support into program design.

“The rewards have been profound,” he said. “The quality of diabetic control for patients at Intermountain and across the country continues to improve. It’s very satisfying to meet with a patient who’s eating better, exercising, losing weight, and following the guidelines and see how their life and health improve.”

Despite meeting the 1 million patient goal, medical groups and health systems across the nation will continue to implement TG2’s best practices through 2021. Participating groups will use the remainder of the campaign to hardwire care processes to make improvements sustainable, and new organizations can learn from the work that's already been done.

Learn more about the program in this Q&A video with Dr. Greenwood.