In the United States, diabetes affects approximately 29.1 million people (as of 2012) and is the 7th leading cause of death. The incidence of diabetes is increasing due to many factors, including an increased prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity.
Timely screening can lead to early diagnosis which slows disease progression and ultimately long-term complications such as heart attacks, neuropathy, and irreversible kidney damage, among others. Studies have shown that those who do not undergo appropriate screening can have high blood sugar for 9 to 12 years without showing any signs or symptoms. Because of this, screening is very important if you have risk factors, even if you aren’t showing symptoms of having high blood sugar.
The following recommendation by the ADA (American Diabetes Association) exists:
ALL adults who fit the BMI criteria and 1 or more risk factors should be screened at any age
Adults who meet the BMI criteria without an extra risk factor can wait until 45 years old for screening
Testing should be repeated at least every 3 years for those with normal results
Overland Park, KS (August 2, 2016) – Tria Health, the nation’s leading medication management solution, has named Larkin O’Keefe as its new President. O’Keefe brings more than 20 years of experience in sales and spent 17 years in the PBM industry as co-founder and CEO of MedTrak Services.
During his leadership, MedTrak Services was honored as one of Kansas City’s fastest growing companies for 12 years. In his new role at Tria Health, O’Keefe will use his expertise to focus on company growth by leading its sales and marketing team.
“We are very excited to have Larkin join our team,” said Jessica Lea, CEO of Tria Health. “His expertise in the pharmacy benefits industry and sales leadership will help foster Tria’s growth and stay competitive in this marketplace.”
O’Keefe serves as an active member of Tria Health’s Board of Directors and helped develop Tria’s innovative business model when the company launched in 2009.
“I’m looking forward to taking a more active role in Tria’s day-to-day operations,” said O’Keefe. “Tria Health has a unique product that can have a substantial impact on a company’s bottom line by helping them reduce health care expenses, keep employees healthy and make sure they’re getting the best value from their PBM.”
Larkin graduated from the University of Kansas and worked in health care sales for several years prior to starting MedTrak Services and Tria Health. Larkin is professionally active in the health care community serving on the multiple boards within the Kansas City community, including the Visiting Nurse Association of KC (VNA) and Tria Health.
About Tria Health:
Tria Health provides personalized chronic care management to help employers mitigate risks and control health care costs. Tria’s clinically-trained pharmacists focus on resolving the overall mismanagement of medications and gaps in care to eliminate unnecessary costs and health risks.