MSHA broadens diabetes program

From Staff Reports

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) has recently announced changes to its diabetes program. MSHA officials stated these changes are being made in an effort to give easier access and comprehensive education to patients at a lower cost.
   MSHA will now offer nutritional and medical management education for diabetic patients and their families at the Health Resources Center, Johnson City Mall. The transition from its current location at North Side Hospital to the Health Resources Center will begin Feb. 18.
   "By moving the service to the Health Resource Center, MSHA can maintain a comprehensive program and decrease the cost to the patient. It also eliminates the need for a physician referral," said Cindy Salyer, SSU Director for MSHA.
   The Health Resource Center offers 10 hours of class time in the revised program for diabetic patients. The comprehensive classes will be offered to the public four times each month, and will cover nutritional and medical aspects of diabetes self-management.
   Classes will be scheduled at different times in order to accommodate diabetic patients seeking the service. All classes in this program will be conducted by Registered Dietitians and Registered Nurses with specialized training in Diabetes Education.