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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sansum Clinic Recognized by Department of Managed Health Care with Award for Diabetes Management

Santa Barbara, Calif. — California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced that Sansum Clinic is a recipient of the 2014 Right Care Initiative (RCI) awards. Awards are given annually to California health plans and medical groups who meet clinical performance standards for controlling blood pressure, blood sugar and/or cholesterol.

“It is gratifying to be recognized at the statewide level for our ability to help control the effects of chronic illness and to keep our patients healthy, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs,” said Dr. Marjorie Newman, Assistant Medical Director at Sansum Clinic.

The objective of the Right Care Initiative is to measurably improve clinical outcomes through enhancing the practice of patient-centered, evidence-based medicine. Launched in 2008, RCI is a public-private collaborative effort focused on preventing premature disability and death from heart attacks, strokes and diabetic complications.

Sansum Clinic was recognized with the bronze award for the Clinic’s excellent management of cholesterol in diabetic and cardiovascular patients. The Clinic also scored high with diabetic nephropathy monitoring/treatment and specifically lipid management in diabetic patients. The bronze level of performance is for Clinics in the national 90th percentile of performance in any one of the Right Care Initiative designated control measures: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, or Blood Sugar.

The statewide goal of the RCI is for all California health plans and medical groups to reach the 90th percentile of performance in control of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as published in the national Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). For more information on the Right Care Initiative visit www.RightCare.dmhc.ca.gov.

Nationally Recognized Diabetes Care & Education
Sansum Clinic’s endocrinology team supports the full range of diabetes care, including dietary counseling, insulin injections and pumps and glucose monitoring. Our special emphasis on self-management skills has earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association. Live Well, our diabetes education program, is available in both group and one-to-one sessions, in English or Spanish, and at minimal or no cost. Wide-ranging pre-diabetes and diabetes topics include:
· Home glucose monitoring
· Exercise programs
· Nutrition and meal planning
· Stress reduction
· More smart strategies for an active, healthy life

About Sansum Clinic
Since its founding in 1921, Sansum Clinic has been improving the overall health of our patients by providing the latest innovations in equipment, technology, procedures and treatments. Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at our 23 patient care facilities in south Santa Barbara County. Sansum Clinic is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality, and can be found online at www.sansumclinic.org.

About the California Department of Managed Health Care
The DMHC regulates managed care health plans in California, protects the rights of approximately 20 million health plan enrollees, educates consumers on their health care rights and responsibilities, and preserves the financial stability of the managed health care system. Since 2000, the department has helped more than 1 million Californians resolve health plan problems through its Help Center. Information and assistance is available 24/7 at www.HealthHelp.ca.gov or by calling 1-888-466-2219.

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