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Columbus Medicare Diabetes Screening Project Cited as Model for State by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle
Date:11/6/2008

Columbus Civic and Community Leaders Kick-off Statewide Initiative to Advance Diabetes Screening for Medicare Beneficiaries

COLUMBUS, Ga., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle today applauded the design and implementation of the Medicare Diabetes Screening Project (MDSP) in Columbus, citing it as a model for other cities in Georgia and around the country. He made his remarks at the Columbus Summit, a meeting hosted by the Columbus Research Foundation and the Columbus Medicare Diabetes Screening Project, designed to enlist other Georgia cities to adopt the innovative outreach effort in Columbus that has created a model for promoting diabetes screening for adults aged 65 and older.

"There is no greater health challenge in Georgia than the fight against diabetes," said Lt. Gov. Cagle. "The Columbus Medicare Diabetes Screening Project has developed an effective and powerful model for encouraging senior citizens to get screened and to work with their health care providers to prevent or better manage their diabetes. This model should be adopted by other Georgia cities to help our seniors win the fight against diabetes."

Since July 2007, leaders of the Columbus MDSP have conducted a variety of activities to increase awareness of the benefits Medicare offers to adults age 65 and older for free screening for diabetes. These leaders shared their strategies and accomplishments today with their counterparts from Albany, Augusta, Gainesville, Macon and Savannah, who had been invited to participate in this statewide launch of the MDSP.

Medicare beneficiaries at risk for diabetes are eligible for free, annual diabetes screenings from their health care provider. Although as many as 60% of Medicare beneficiaries are at risk for diabetes and should be screened, less than 10% of beneficiaries nationally used the free diabetes screening benefit in 2006, according to the most recently available data. In Georgia, just 6.8% of beneficiarie
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