Frequently Asked Questions for Healthcare Groups
How many actual dollars will the DAPS Health predictive program save?
Historically, 20% of the total diabetes-related medical expense.
What percentage of total diabetes-related medical expenses will the payer save?
Approximately 14.5% of the total of diabetes-related medical expenses based on the 20% of total medical expense savings minus program management costs and DAPS Health remuneration.
When does the payer begin to get ROI?
Assuming screening of an estimated 1,000 patients/month/center, ROI will be positive approximately between the 7th and 8th months from launch of program
What is actual cost of program?
Depending on the number of patients included in the screening program, DAPS Health program costs are estimated at approximately 1% of total medical expense of the diabetic population
Frequently Asked Questions for Patients with Diabetes
Why you should visit and participate in the DAPS Health Program?
One of the most serious problems facing diabetics – young and old alike, is the possibility of developing foot problems that can lead to amputation.
It’s a shocking fact that nobody wants to talk about, but last year over 100,000 people with diabetes lost a foot or leg. Their lives were changed overnight. From able to disabled.
There’s not a diabetic alive who doesn’t fear an amputation
Sadly, once the surgery is performed, most of these people will have to return to the hospital for yet another amputation or more major surgery. And of this group, more than half will die within 5 years. Conventional approaches to foot problems in diabetes have been dismal failures.
But today, there’s good news. For the first time, there’s new hope. Most foot problems and amputations can be avoided.
The program is dedicated to reducing the high incidence of diabetic foot disease leading to multiple hospitalizations, multiple surgeries, and ultimately amputation.
If you are a diabetic- or have a friend, co-worker or family member who has diabetes- we encourage you to read this folder now. And make an appointment for an evaluation today.
What's so special about the DAPS Health Program?
We offer a unique comprehensive prevention program that includes foot screening to determine if you are at risk for the devastating complications of foot ulcers leading to amputation. We also offer free education programs for patients and their physicians.
Why are these screenings so important?
The screening helps in assessing patients for clinical depression, lower extremity disease – peripheral vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy; retinopathy; chronic kidney disease; heart disease; and can determine if you are at risk for the complications leading to foot ulcers and amputations. In addition, these sessions have been proven to be instrumental in nurse-patient bonding.
Is the foot screening painful? How long does it take?
The screening is painless and takes only a few minutes to determine if you are in danger of a major foot complication.
If the screening is positive, what is suggested?
Your nurse care manager may ask our pedorthist (qualified shoe fitter) to suggest a pair of protective shoes and insoles. These have been shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of ulcers and amputation rates in major diabetic populations.
You may also be offered a home monitoring device that will record your foot temperatures every morning. It is known that high foot temperatures are a key cause of ulcers and amputation.
If we feel our findings are of a more serious nature we may suggest a referral to a physician specialist or to your own private physician.
If there is nothing wrong with my feet, why should I come for a foot screening?
Now is the time to come, before you have any noticeable problem. Our technique recognizes areas of potential problems prior to the actual complication developing. And that’s very important. It’s the best way to avoid serious trouble later on.
Couldn't I tell if I had something wrong with my feet? I'm sure it would hurt?
The truth is not all people with diabetes can tell when they start developing a foot problem. It’s complicated to explain. But they don’t have the sensitivity and feeling in their feet and legs that other people do. It’s called peripheral neuropathy or loss of the ability to feel pain to protect themselves from injury. Unfortunately, problems often start long before there are any outward signs or discomfort.
Isn't it true that only older diabetics get foot problems?
Unfortunately not. Every diabetic is susceptible. The best way to avoid foot problems is to Prevent problems. The DAPS HEALTH PROGRAM can help do this. Every diabetic, regardless of age should have a foot screening. It’s the only way to determine the risk.
Suppose I already have a foot problem. Is it too late?
Not at all. It’s not too late. Once your physician or podiatrist has taken care of your acute problem, the products offered by the DAPS HEALTH PROGRAM will help prevent recurrence rates.
Will I be checked for other potential complications of diabetes?
Diabetes affects almost all aspects of your health. In addition to you your foot exam, you will be screened and assessed for: clinical depression; eye disease; heart disease; kidney disease
NOTE: A report of our findings will be given to you and sent to your physician. If you are at risk for any of the complications we will make sure that you see the appropriate doctor to address these concerns. You may be asked to return to our clinical for diabetes education and to receive preventative technology to ensure you will remain healthy.