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Nationally-Recognized Georgia Diabetes Project Honored
Date:11/15/2007

ATLANTA, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Sonny Perdue today released a proclamation commending the nationally-recognized Healthy Georgia Diabetes and Obesity Project, an initiative of the Center for Health Transformation, founder by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The proclamation was presented at a ceremony honoring the achievement of dozens of Georgia organizations whose work on the Project has led to significant strides toward improving the quality of care for those with diabetes and those at risk of developing the disease. The event was held at the UPS Corporate Office in Atlanta.

As part of the Project, the collaboration launched one of the nation's largest pay-for-performance projects in the country. The event today celebrated the first annual distribution of quality incentives to participating physicians. As a result of the project, the number of physicians recognized as delivering best standards of diabetes care in Georgia has grown from only 5 to 147. More than 1200 patients with diabetes received care from the physicians who were recognized.

The organizations recognized for their participation in the Project included twenty-seven employers, led by UPS, AT&T, Southern Company and the State of Georgia, as well as all the major Georgia insurers, hundreds of physicians and a number of key pharmaceutical companies.

"It was a celebration of the accomplishments and participation in The Center's Healthy Georgia Diabetes and Obesity Initiative," said Laura Linn, Project Director for the Center for Health Transformation. "We truly have a collaboration of public and private sector leaders dedicated to improving the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes and to promoting early diagnosis and prevention of diabetes, including decreasing the prevalence of obesity."

An estimated 18 million Americans have diabetes, including almost 6 million who don't know it. Another 41 million are pre-diabetic, a condition that
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