PeaceHealth Medical Group Siuslaw Region
Measure: Blood Pressure results less than 130/80

Time Period Ending:  3/31/2013

Rate: 41%

What We Are Doing:

Here at Peace Health Medical Group Siuslaw Region our patients, with diabetes, are automatically enrolled in our Diabetes Wellness Program.  Our goal is to partner with our patients on an individual level to help them manage their diabetes, reduce their risk for complications, and improve their overall quality of life. 

We strive to have all of our providers be recognized diabetes care providers through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  We currently have six providers that are recognized.  More information is available about the Diabetes Recognition Program on the NCQA website.

We use a variety of tracking tools to help us monitor how our patients are doing.  Some of the measures we evaluate are: Glycohemoglobin (A1C), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), and Blood Pressure (BP).  We work on getting our patients scheduled for an annual comprehensive Diabetes exam or Diabetes Wellness Assessment Panel (DWAP) in a timely manner.  We make phone calls to set up appointments, send letters that explain the DWAP and give instructions for obtaining lab studies.  If our patients' values are out of the target ranges, we work on having our patients evaluated more often and develop individualized treatment plans.  We are planning on initiating automatic referrals for patients with Glycohemoglobins greater than 9, providing patients the opportunity to receive focused, undivided attention with a Diabetes educator to help develop a wellness plan that works for them.

What Can You Do?

You can learn as much about Diabetes as possible.  We encourage you to ask your doctor for a referral to our education program; we have a trained dietitian and registered nurses to help you.  We offer individual sessions and monthly group classes. 

Attending a support group can be another great way to help you learn how to cope with Diabetes and gain support from your peers.  Our region maintains a support group that meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Siuslaw Public Library.  You can also check out the American Diabetes Association's website which has a lot of helpful information including a recipe of the day, current research and more. 

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