Kansas Quality of Care Project


Kansas Quality of Care Project

The Wichita Quality of Care Coalition in cooperation with the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program developed a model for diabetes care quality improvement through a demonstration project in the Wichita community. Diabetes was selected by the Coalition as the initial target disease for quality improvement based on measurable gaps in quality of care and anticipated improvement in patient outcomes.

The coalition developed a request for proposal that was widely disseminated in the Wichita area to identify medical practices in Wichita that would agree to implement the Chronic Disease Electronic Management system (CDEMS) to monitor care for patients with diabetes. The four sites selected included a private physician practice with a high proportion of Hispanic patients, a primary care clinic with a high proportion of African-American patients and two physician practices whose client base was more representative of the general population. All four sites successfully implemented CDEMS and three sites continue to monitor patients, improve care, and recommend strategies to support continued improvement in diabetes quality of care in Wichita. The success of the Wichita pilot sites supported implementing the model statewide.

In December 2004, the Wichita Pilot was replicated in 35 practices/clinics across the state, 15 additional sites were added in September 2005, 18 additional sites were added in March 2006, 2 were added in March 2007 and 2 were added in March 2008. Currently, 42 organizations represent the Kansas Statewide Diabetes Quality of Care Project. The projected patient registry across all sites is about 14,000 Kansans with diagnosed diabetes. The success of the statewide project supports awarding supplemental grants to sustain the project. For more information about this project please contact healthpromotions@kdheks.gov or 785-296-8916.