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The primary purpose behind the Diabetes Case Management program is to help diabetes patients stabilize and get back to a normal way of life while they control their disease. This is accomplished through individual appointments, group education, medical nutrition therapy and pre-diabetes education. The program benefits those who have just been diagnosed with diabetes and those who want to update their learning about diabetes or those who have just changed treatment.

Diabetes is a disease that will not go away—but it can be managed by taking the proper and necessary steps to control it. At Pella Regional, patients are part of a team of people committed to helping them manage their diabetes. The patient is the most important member of the team. The more the patient knows, the better they will do.

A diabetes patient from Pella Regional

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My blood sugar was at 318. It’s supposed to be no higher than 150. It was miserable,” said April.

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Patient Centered Medical Home

The Right Health Care at the Right Time

Some experts now believe that creating a health care team is the best way to give patients quality care and a better experience. Pella Regional and our family of clinics in Pella, Bussey, Knoxville, Monroe, Ottumwa and Sully have created this team environment using a model called the patient centered medical home.

What is a patient centered medical home?

A patient centered medical home is a primary care practice in a clinic that takes a team approach and has the patient as the center of the team. The team can include doctors, nurses, health partners, pharmacists and therapists. They work together and use technology to provide coordinated care to their patients. Services offered through your medical home at Pella Medical Clinic include extended clinic hours, a secure patient portal that allows you communicate via e-mail directly with your doctor and health partners who provide health coaching for you.  

How is this different from the current primary care medical practice?

The patient centered medical home is designed to keep patients healthy by providing primary care, coordinating any visits to specialists they may need and by taking steps to manage preventive diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The team partners with the patient to make sure they are making the right decisions for good health and keeping on top of any preventive care the patient needs. It might mean more frequent visits to the clinic or contact with the nurse—but the goal is to keep the patient healthy and prevent episodes that would require hospitalization or expensive medication.

What are the responsibilities of a medical home?
  1. The practice is responsible for coordinating patient care across multiple settings.
  2. Instructions for obtaining care and clinical advice during office hours and when the office is closed.
  3. The practice functions most effectively as a medical home if patients provide a complete medical history and information about care obtained outside the practice.
  4. The care team provides access to evidence-based care, patient/family education and self-management support.
  5. The scope of services available within the practice including how behavioral health needs are addressed.
  6. The practice provides equal access to all of their patients regardless of source of payment.
  7. The practice gives uninsured patients information about obtaining coverage.
  8. Instructions on transferring records to the practice, including a point of contact at the practice.
What is a health partner?

Health partners work under the direct supervision of a family doctor. They are registered nurses who empower patients by coaching and help them in setting and meeting goals to maintain optimal health, identify community resources and provide assistance with any questions or concerns.

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