Guam – A team from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Hawaii began registering Medicare-eligible Guam residents in the Be a Legacy of Good Health diabetes control program in July.
Team members are returning to Guam, September 9 through 12, to meet with previous registrants, answer health questions, and register additional Medicare-eligible residents who are interested in the Be a Legacy of Good Health program.
Mountain-Pacific is Guams quality improvement organization for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This special innovation project is being offered in collaboration with several local entities including the Guam Diabetes Association and the Guam Department of Public Health. The campaign message, Be a Legacy of Good Health, emphasizes the importance of being role models for future generations by leading active and healthy lifestyles, participating in physical activity every day, eating healthy meals and snacks, and taking medications as prescribed.
Phase II of the Be a Legacy of Good Health diabetes control program emphasizes knowing the numbers that are important for people 65 years and older, living with diabetes, to successfully and confidently manage their health. This is accomplished by monitoring and recording blood sugar and blood pressure levels daily and asking their doctor for an A1C blood test every six months. The guidelines of Know Your Numbers specify:
Keeping A1C blood sugar concentrations at 7 or lower;
Maintaining healthy blood pressure rates at 130 over 80 or lower;
Striving for a healthy LDL cholesterol level of 100 or lower;
Being active for at least 30 minutes every day;
Monitoring weight and contacting the doctor immediately if weight changes by 3 or more pounds up or down in 2 days; and
Arranging check-up visits with the doctor at least two times a year and with the dentist ideally two times a year.
By registering Guam Medicare beneficiaries living with diabetes in the program, we hope to enable them to better track their health and care for themselves, explained James Roberts, Mountain-Pacific Guam Diabetes Project Manager. The information we gather through the registration process will enable us to confirm and continue the support CMS has provided thus far, and may allow expansion of our assistance to the Medicare community in Guam. This will ultimately benefit the legacy of health for future generations.
Be a Legacy of Good Health offers the benefit of participation in a web-based health monitoring tool, developed by MediKeeperTM, at no cost to all Medicare-eligible Guam residents. The tool provides confidential screening for health risks, tracks data for measures such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and establishes personalized methods for diabetes and general health management.
Mountain-Pacific Hawaii representatives have acquired glucose monitors and glucose test strips through a generous donation from the Guam Diabetes Association. Volunteer nurses will be on hand to administer free, individual baseline glucose testing. In addition, Mountain-Pacific Hawaii team members will be available to register Medicare-eligible individuals in the Be a Legacy of Good Health program. Glucose testing and program registration will occur at the following locations on the dates and times listed below:
Monday, September 9 Yigo Senior Center: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday, September 10 Dededo Senior Center: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 11 Tamuning Senior Center: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Thursday, September 12 Astumbo Senior Center: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Friday, September 13 Mangilao Senior Center: 10:00am – Noon/Yona Senior Center: 1:00 – 3:00pm
All Guam senior centers require enrollment to attend, however, manamko are encouraged to visit and support their local centers and can sign up on the day. Medicare-eligible individuals are asked to bring a valid Medicare card and their reading glasses for successful registration.
James Roberts will also be available at the Healthy Island, Healthy People conference at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa, on Friday, September 13, to answer questions and provide information about the Be a Legacy of Good Health program.
ABOUT: Mountain-Pacific is the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and works under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to promote proven best practices and transform the way healthcare is delivered.