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Increased Costs of Diabetes Therapy Not Related to Glycemic Control at Three Veterans Affairs Medical Outpatient Clinics

Shawn L. Fultz, MD, MPH, C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, Mary E. Kelley, MS, and Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc
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In the authors’ study of more than 4,000 veterans with diabetes, prescribing patterns, monthly total costs, and control of blood glucose levels differed according to hospital site. The authors show the relationships between the type of primary care provider, the intensity of treatment, monthly medication costs, monthly total costs, and glycemic control.