Valley Health - Specialized Health Programs
Diabetes Education – Take Control Today!
Valley Health has Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (CDCES) on staff to help you take control of your diabetes. CDCES are health professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and skill in diabetes self-management education by providing at least 1,000 hours of patient education, passing a rigorous exam and maintaining this highly respected credential in the healthcare industry.
Successful diabetes self-management involves knowledge about a broad range of topics such as healthy eating, how to take medication as directed, fitting in exercise and coping with stress. It’s not easy to gain all of the necessary knowledge by yourself. With the help of a CDCES, you can learn how to effectively manage and improve your health by developing a plan. Ask for a referral from your provider today. This service is offered at a number of locations. Please talk to your local Valley Health site for availability.
Our CDCES are Megan Peterson, RPh, Clinical Pharmacist, and Penny Skidmore, RN, BSN.
Most insurances cover the cost of meeting with a CDCES. If you are not sure, contact your insurance company directly.
Chronic Care Management (CCM) – Program for Medicare Patients
Offered at Valley Health – Huntington, Westmoreland, Teays Valley, Harts, Hurricane, Milton, East Huntington, Wayne, Upper Kanawha, Fort Gay, and Stepptown CCM provides Medicare patients individualized care designed to improve health and reduce spending for individuals with two or more chronic health conditions.
Examples of Chronic Conditions: Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia; Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid); Asthma; Atrial fibrillation; Autism spectrum disorders; Cancer; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Depression; Diabetes; Heart failure; Hypertension; Ischemic heart disease; Osteoporosis
Our goal is to make sure you get the best care possible. We can help coordinate your visits with other doctors, facilities, lab, radiology or other testing; we can talk to you on the phone about your symptoms; we can help you with the management of your medications; and we will provide you with a comprehensive care plan. A nurse will be assigned to guide you through your care process. This same nurse will routinely contact you and be involved with all aspects of your health treatment.
Medicare covers most costs of CCM. Talk with your insurance company directly to find out what your co-payment will be.
Valley Health Systems provides specialized respiratory care and ancillary services for patients with occupational lung diseases. Three of Valley’s primary care centers, Upper Kanawha, Harts and Stepptown, offer services to workers with black lung, silicosis and asbestosis. Valley services include an array of diagnostic, treatment and benefits counseling options.
Healthcare for the Homeless
Valley Health has special designation by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to serve patients who are experiencing homelessness under the Health Care for the Homeless Health Centers funding, Section 330 (h) of the Public Health Service Act. As a healthcare for the homeless designee, Valley Health provides direct access for patients experiencing homelessness in the Huntington and surrounding communities for medical, dental, behavioral health (which includes substance use disorder treatments) and women’s health services. Valley Health partners with three other West Virginia entities to reach beyond the greater Huntington service area to provide access for other persons experiencing homelessness in the state. These entities are Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers, Inc. (located at 1322 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554), Community Health Systems, Inc. (located at 252 Rural Acres Drive, Beckley, WV 25801), and Wheeling Health Right, Inc. (located at 61 29th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003).
Valley Health serves as a portal to care for persons experiencing homelessness at all sites, and patient care is integrated throughout the system to ensure all resources are explored. Valley Health frequently collaborates with, and through efforts of, the Huntington City Mission, Harmony House, Marshall University, and others to provide care and support to this special population, as well.
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