Affiliate News - Joslin Diabetes Center

Affiliated Programs News and Tips
Volume 6, Number 12, 2010
Happy Holidays!!!
Affiliate News
2010 Record Breaking Year
This has been a record breaking year for new affiliates with 8
new affiliates – AtlantiCare, OSF Bloomington, Cypress
Fairbanks, SETMA, Temple, Brookwood, Deborah Heart and
Lung, and Hallmark Health. The power of the network is
Deborah Heart and Lung Center
We are pleased to welcome aboard Deborah Heart and
Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ to our Joslin Affiliates
family. Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a 139 bed
hospital with a full-service ambulatory care center and
Deborah Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm for the
Center with about 16,000 volunteers supporting the Deborah
mission. Deborah offers the latest surgical techniques and
non-surgical alternatives for diagnosing and treating all
forms of cardiac, vascular and pulmonary diseases in adults,
congenital and acquired heart defects in adults and children.
Hallmark Health
We also want to welcome Hallmark Health System of
Melrose, MA to the Joslin family of Affiliates.
Hallmark Health system is the premier, charitable provider of
vital health services to Boston's northern communities and is
the official healthcare partner of the Boston Bruins. The
system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford
and Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose. Hallmark Health
System is committed to building and sustaining a strong,
vibrant and healthy community and dedicates appropriate
resources to collaborations with community partners and the
utilization of community member's input toward improving
health services.
SETMA opening
Our new affiliate, Southeast Texas Medical Associates
(SETMA) in Beaumont, Texas, celebrated their Grand
Opening on Tuesday, November 30. Over 450 people
attended including SETMA patients, staff and physicians.
Mr. Jack Isaacson, a life-long friend of Dr. Holly’s, received
his Joslin 50-Year Medal, given to him in recognition of his
many years of successful living with diabetes. Dr. Martin
Abrahamson, Chief Medical Officer from Joslin Boston, gave
the keynote address and the Mayor of Beaumont, Ms. Becky
Ames, cut the ceremonial ribbon. SETMA PCPs completed
certification training over the next two days. Welcome
SETMA to the Joslin family of Affiliates!
Editor’s Note
Error in November newsletter - Linda Humphrey, MS, RD,
CDE of St. Mary’s Evansville, IN not Diana Emmick was the
author of Healthy Tips for Holiday Eating in the Walgreens
Magazine. Linda, we sincerely apologize for the error.
Save the Date
Upcoming Conference Calls (Noon EST)
To join the call: 800-351-4871 Password 90978204#
Jan 12
Noon-1 PM
Follow Up from Annual
Meeting – Center
Administrators and
Education Coordinators
Janice Murphy
Carole’ Mensing
Emily Englander
Orientation in Boston
March 13-14, New Physician & Nurse Practitioner
March 13-15, New Educator & Center Administrator
Details will be coming by email in January.
New - RVUs for Diabetes Educators
The 2011 final rates for the physician fee schedule were
published in the Federal Register on Monday, November 29,
2010: We are happy to report that for the first time ever,
physician work RVUs (relative value units) have been
assigned to diabetes self management HCPCS codes
G0108 and G0109 (starting on page 73293). Stakeholders
such as the AACE, AADE and JDRF requested that
physician work RVUs be included when valuing DSMT
services in the manner that work RVUs have been used to
value MNT (medical nutrition therapy codes 97802, 97803
and 97804). This means that reimbursements for DSMT
should reflect a prospective increase and importantly allow
for productivity modeling in the same manner as applies to
Minor Revision to Clinical Guideline for Pharmacological
Management of Type 2
The FDA regulatory action related to use of Rosiglitazone
was added to the Joslin pharmacological guideline on page
8. No other changes were necessary. Please print the
revised guideline and replace the one in your Joslin Affiliates
Policy and Procedure Manual, CG-02.
Professional Education Department Seeking Help
Joslin’s Professional Education Department would like to
involve our Affiliate partners in two upcoming projects related
to elder care and glycemic/cardiometabolic goals. Our aim is
to recruit group PCP practices that refer to our Affiliates to
participate in the 6-month program. If interested, please
contact or call 617-226-5933.
Check it Out
The Spanish version of HealthSeeker is now available.
Type 1 Patient Education Pathway
Boston recommends scheduling individual appointments for
new Type 1 patients with the physician, nurse and dietitian
on the same day. For newly diagnosed be sure to have an
educator follow up by phone within 24-48 hours. Try to
schedule nurse and dietitian appointments 1 week later.
Then think about appropriate classes for follow up.
Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliated Programs
One Joslin Place  Boston, Massachusetts 02215  Telephone 617.226.5858  Fax 617.226.5859
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