High blood sugar and Diabetes are the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness and lower limb amputation. High blood sugar also increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Having uncontrolled high sugars can cause these complications earlier. Lowering your blood sugar level reduces the risk.
The ACTIVETM Diabetes Care Team helps patients with difficult to control diabetes reach their personal health goals. Working with your primary care physicians, the ACTIVETM Diabetes multidisciplinary team, which includes a clinical pharmacist, a registered dietician, a case manager (social worker), and a medical assistant, offer one-on-one extended visits to get your diabetes under control and to help you better understand:
With locations in Irvine and Fountain Valley, patients have convenient access to our ACTIVETM Diabetes Program:
18785 Brookhurst St., Suite 201
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
4950 Barranca Parkway, Suite 103
Irvine, CA 92604
American Diabetes Association - http://www.diabetes.org/
SPARK is a voluntary Greater Newport Physicians program offered to certain patients as directed by their doctor. The SPARK specialized care team includes your primary care physician (PCP), care managers (nurses and other professionals) and support team members. The care team will help you coordinate health services, navigate the healthcare system, and help you to improve and maintain your health. The goal of the team is to help you find solutions to issues and improve your health and well-being.
Case Management; a term with a serious tone! But it is one of the ways your medical group and health plan offer you additional help in making your health the best it can be!
Case Management is a profession of nurses, social workers, and other support professionals that helps with access to and coordination of the care you need. It is personal to you, designed around your health care needs and goals, available to you if and when you could use more support, guidance and advocacy.
People with regular Medicare and PPO insurance plans can get some help from their doctors and office staff, but their time and knowledge of resources for helping you is limited. In addition to cost savings, being an HMO plan member provides you with the assistance you need to navigate the complex waters of today’s healthcare system!
Getting help coordinating your healthcare does not cost anything; no fees or copayments. It is completely voluntary; you can start and stop services at any time. The nurse or social worker works closely with your family doctor to make certain you get the right care in the right place at the time you need it!
Changes in your health can be confusing, especially after a stay in the hospital or a nursing home. We want to make sure that you have the right medicines, appointments, and support. Our team of Board Certified Doctors, Clinical Pharmacists, and support staff at our Special Care Center are there to help as you head back home.
The Special Care Center, the ACTIVETM Diabetes program, and the Anticoagulation Center are located in our Fountain Valley office.
18785 Brookhurst, Suite 201 (Between Garfield and Ellis), Fountain Valley, CA
ACTIVETM Diabetes program - 714.916.0881
The Anticoagulation Center - 714.916.0880
Greater Newport Physicians offers support to help diagnose depression and dementia and provide care to you and your family.
Many people needlessly suffer from depression because they think feeling down or sad is a normal part of aging. Even more concerning is that the rates of depression increase significantly when an individual has a chronic illness.
Research has shown that people with chronic illnesses are more like to suffer from depression. Surprisingly, people who have had a Heart attack are twice as likely to experience depression compared to those who have had a stroke, diabetes, or cancer (40%-65% of people with a Heart attack, 25% of people with diabetes or cancer, 10%-27% of people with stroke). Untreated depression can lead to disability, premature death, suicide, and worsen other illnesses.
One of the screening tools that doctors use to diagnose depression is a worksheet called the PHQ-9. Anyone who scores above a 5 on the PHQ-9 should contact their doctor to learn about possible causes, treatments, and counseling.
Those with mild to moderate depression could benefit from a tool called SilverCloud. Learn more here.