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Stay informed on what we know about COVID-19 and Diabetes

Our knowledge of diabetes and COVID-19, which creates risk of serious complications for those living with chronic illnesses, is evolving rapidly. To make sense of it all, our team is reviewing the latest science, convening experts, and offering wisdom from our patients on how they are coping.

COVID-19 Webinar Series

Closing the Return-to-Work Gap

Thursday July 15, @ 11am PT / 2pm ET

As employers ask their team members to come back to work, they need to carefully consider how to fine-tune their return to work policies and wellness strategies, to accommodate those with chronic conditions like diabetes so they are not left behind.

Join Virta, Accolade, and their mutual client, City of Fort Worth to learn how they’ve structured a unique partnership model to prepare for the challenges for the future of the hybrid workplace.

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Past Webinars

Is America's Future Obesity Free?

Join us for a discussion on the topic with commercial and clinical leadership from Willis Towers Watson, JLL, and Virta Health to discuss the forecasted impact of GLP-1 and obesity drugs for health plans and employers.

June 17

Unlocking Digital Health Adoption

They discuss frameworks and evidence from the MPTN + Virta partnership, and patient engagement strategy coupled with a renewed focus on diabetes reversal has led to transformative financial and health outcomes for the Pequot population.

May 13

Healthcare 2021: The Year of Tele-everything

COVID-19 spurred a wave of telemedicine adoption, but how much is just hype, and how much will truly deliver sustained transformation to healthcare? What changes will actually endure after the dust from the pandemic settles?

April 1

Medicare, Medicaid, & Diabetes Strategy in the Biden Era

The Biden Administration is facing a set of unprecedented healthcare challenges as COVID-19 rages on. Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and among this population, patients living with diabetes face even more dire circumstances. What policies will turn this trend around? And how should health plans, employers, and health systems prepare?

March 11

Diabetes State of the Union

Diabetes care is undergoing a swift and dramatic change in how we fundamentally think about and treat this chronic disease that affects millions of lives in the US. In 2020, COVID ushered a new wave of telemedicine adoption, but changes in research, policy, and technology are only beginning.

February 3

The Battle for the All in One Diabetes Platform

As payers and employers navigate a fragmented diabetes solution landscape, more are turning to "one-stop-shops" that address the full continuum of chronic metabolic conditions.

December 10

Willis Towers Watson & Virta presents: The Future of Diabetes Care in the Workplace

Many benefits leaders have turned their attention to pilots during the COVID-19 pandemic, which offer the opportunity for benefits leaders to take risks, test innovative ideas, and lay the groundwork for larger program expansions that are transformative for their population. Tune in to learn more about the future of managing diabetes in the workplace, and how to design pilot programs effectively.

October 28

COVID-19 & Diabetes: Special Considerations for Reopening America

As America reopens its gates, a wealth of new risks and open questions confront diabetes patients, providers, and stakeholders alike. Join us on September 9th to hear the world leading experts share their vision.

September 9

Comcast: Leveraging a New Virtual Care Model for Diabetes

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes often means a life sentence of insulin injections, exorbitant costs, and debilitating complications. Recently, large employers, like Comcast, have begun offering a different kind of treatment to their population—clinically-proven diabetes reversal. 

August 25

New Rules for Driving Behavior Change: Featuring Bestselling Author Nir Eyal

Nir Eyal encourages us to look at the systemic problem of chronic disease programs from a fresh perspective—behavior change, and how to build evergreen systems to sustain it.

August 11

Diabetes and Health Plan Strategy: Adapting to the New ADA Standards of Care

Perspectives from former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Steve Martin, and former American Diabetes Association CMO Dr. Bob Ratner.

Tuesday, July 21

How COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare Forever: Featuring Don Berwick and Bob Kocher

Chief healthcare architects predict top 5 healthcare transformations to endure after COVID-19.

Wednesday, June 24

Measuring Health Solution Impact: How to Sniff Out Tricks, Traps, and Misdirection

Executives at Validation Institute and Willis Towers Watson share bullet-proof frameworks to fact-check health vendor outcomes.

Wednesday, June 10

Patient Voices: Living with Diabetes During COVID-19

Actionable advice on how to support your employees and members through the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 20

COVID-19 & Telehealth: New Imperatives for Remote Treatment of Diabetes

Tackling the COVID-19 health crisis is requiring the use of telemedicine on a dramatically increased scale.

Thursday, April 30

COVID-19 and Diabetes: What We Know, What We Don't

A panel discussion featuring some of the nation's leading experts in diabetes and infectious disease.

Wednesday, April 8

What we know about COVID-19 and Diabetes

Updated April 27, 2020

Those living with diabetes are at more risk from infections related to the novel coronavirus, including severe complications and markedly increased mortality, roughly 3x compared to the general population, but do not appear to be more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Controlling blood sugar is likely a modifiable risk factor to minimize the severity of COVID-19 infection in people with diabetes. While acknowledging possible difficulties, we recommend that people with diabetes take measures to achieve tight blood sugar control.

We also recommend that those living with diabetes take extra precautions against infection including limiting occasions in public spaces (like grocery stores) wearing a face mask in public, and diligently following all social-distancing rules.

Dr. Robert Ratner, Chief Medical Officer of Virta Health, discusses the latest evidence around COVID-19 and Diabetes

Latest Updates

Our expert clinicians are combing through the latest literature to explain in clear terms what we know—and what we don’t—about COVID-19 and diabetes. We will be updating this content as frequently as possible over the coming weeks.

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Dr. Sarah Hallberg

Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS

Medical Director, Virta Health

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health. Before joining Virta, Dr. Hallberg founded Indiana University Arnett's Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program where she still serves as Medical Director.

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The Science Behind COVID-19 and Type 2 Diabetes

A presentation summary of the latest COVID-19 and type 2 diabetes science from Dr. Sarah Hallberg.

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COVID-19 and Diabetes: What We Know, What We Don't

A panel discussion featuring some of the nation's leading experts in diabetes and infectious disease.

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COVID-19 didn’t stop Rick and Hector from reversing type 2 diabetes

Two patients in California recently started their Virta journeys to reverse their type 2 diabetes, right as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country.

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From The American Diabetes Association, to diaTribe, to the CDC, these organizations are providing valuable resources to shed light on the connection between COVID-19 and diabetes. Have others that you like? Let us know here.