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Disease Management Dimensions Series

  • ID: 311508
  • Report
  • Healthcare Intelligence Network
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For many employers and health plans, disease management (DM) initiatives have proven to be worth their weight in improved health outcomes, healthcare quality, patient and provider satisfaction and financial outcomes for populations with congestive heart failure, diabetes, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, end-stage renal disease, asthma, obesity, and other chronic illnesses. We monitor disease management (DM) initiatives and have just released our Disease Management Dimensions series, a collection of case studies, interviews and debates on the role of DM in the healthcare industry.

Titles in the series include:

- Childhood Obesity: Truths, Trends & Program Design
- Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier
- Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives
- Health Coaches: Scoring Big Gains in Disease Management ROI
- Healthcare Toolkits: Empowering Consumers Through Education
- Modifying Patients' Behaviors to Optimize Disease Management Outcomes
- Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes

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Childhood Obesity: Truths, Trends & Program Design

With more than 9 million overweight American children and adolescents---triple the number identified in 1980---healthcare providers must react now to counteract the related health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. In this special report, "Childhood Obesity: Truths, Trends & Program Design," expert speakers provide background on this growing epidemic. You'll also get case studies on programs launched by healthcare payors and providers to address childhood obesity.

You'll hear from two leading industry experts, Dr. Eric Berman, Medical Director & Chairman of Health Policy, Horizon BCBS of NJ, and Dr. Barbara Moore, President and CEO, Shape Up America! on what's driving childhood obesity in America, its impact on healthcare costs and what factors to consider before launching a childhood weight management program.

Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier

Lost workdays, compromised productivity, accidents from lapses in judgment – whatever the symptom, depression poses a severe threat to industrial progress and financial stability. The tendency of depression to be coupled with other diseases results not only in heightened healthcare costs but also employee absenteeism, lost productivity and presenteeism while on the job. Depression management programs are aiming to address the multi-prong effects of depression through comprehensive care management.

In this special report, "Depression Disease Management: Healthcare's New Frontier," based on a recent audio conference and two in-depth case studies on depression management programs, you'll hear about the broad array of depression disease management programs, ranging from differences in treatment length to pharmaceutical trials to staff roles and patient responsibility. You'll hear from Mary Beth Chalk, chief operating officer of Resources for Living, Dr. Elaine Mischler, chief medical officer at Wausau Benefits, Dr. Alex Rodriguez, chief medical officer, Magellan Health Services and Dr. Sam Toney, president and chief medical officer of Health Integrated, on disease management for depression, highlighting its merits, drawbacks and challenges.

Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives

With obesity rates in the United States continuing to climb and causing additional chronic health conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke, health plans and employers are looking to specialty programs to combat obesity. Whether they're referred to as Disease Management, Weight Management or Wellness programs, their ultimate objective is the same: to trim the fat from healthcare expenses.

In this special report, "Disease Management & Obesity: Healthcare Impacts and Initiatives," expert speakers weigh in on the key features of obesity management programs, strategies for increasing member participation, and the programs' impact on the healthcare bottom line. You'll hear from two leading industry experts, Robin F. Foust, Population/Individual Health and Productivity Management Specialist, Zoe Consulting; and Dr. Eric Berman, Medical Director & Chairman of Health Policy, Horizon BCBS of NJ, on the impact that obesity is having on healthcare organizations.

Health Coaches: Scoring Big Gains in Disease Management ROI

With disease management a hedge against escalating healthcare costs, the health coach is a key player on the team of professionals encouraging health plan members to take charge of their health. Structuring health coaching programs to improve disease management outcomes was the theme of a March 2005 audio conference.

In this special report, "The Role of Health Coaches in Disease and Care Management," our panel of experts described how health plans and disease management companies can best utilize health coaches, who encourage members to participate in a personalized plan that complements a physician's prescribed treatment. You'll hear from Danielle Butin, director of health services at Oxford Health Plans, a United Healthcare company, Kerry Little, senior health coach with Duke University Medical Center and Roger Reed, executive vice president, chief health officer at Gordian Health Solutions on how their organizations have structured their health coaching programs to improve disease management outcomes.

Healthcare Toolkits: Empowering Consumers Through Education

Consumer healthcare toolkits are critical to drive behavior change and empower consumers. Healthcare toolkits encourage consumer advocacy through interactive approaches. By teaching self-awarenesss and skills to reliably assess personal health, toolkits promote responsible treatment decisions.

In this special report, "Healthcare Toolkits: Empowering Consumers Through Education," our panel of experts described the ways healthcare organizations can capitalize on today's consumer-driven healthcare environment by using healthcare toolkits to promote awareness and generate positive returns on investment by helping consumers help themselves. You'll hear from Erin Lenox, associate, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, Tracy J. Mungeam, managing consultant, Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, and John Mills, director, product development, HIP Health Plans, on how the movement toward consumerism is driving the adoption of healthcare toolkits and how organizations are benefitting from the implementation of various toolkits.

Modifying Patients' Behaviors to Optimize Disease Management Outcomes

One of the greatest roadblocks to effective disease management is getting patients to comply with doctors' orders. By using a combination of technology and psychology, healthcare providers, health plan administrators and employers can work to modify patients' behaviors to optimize disease management outcomes. But to be successful, these programs require active patient engagement that emphasizes self-care, self-monitoring, and self-education. In short, programs that empower and motivate members to participate in their own healthcare. But how do you get patients to invest in themselves?

In this special report, "Modifying Patients' Behaviors to Optimize Disease Management Outcomes," based on two recent audio conferences, expert speakers described results-oriented strategies that healthcare organizations can use to bring about the appropriate attitude and behavior adjustment in patients. You'll hear from Richard Citrin, Vice President of Health and Productivity at Corphealth Inc., Gregg Lehman, President and CEO, Gordian Health Solutions, Michael Montijo, MD, MPH, FACP, Senior Vice President, Government Relations at American Healthways, Fred Navarro, President and Founder, PATH Institute, Scott Smith, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, First Health and Sean Sullivan, President and CEO, Institute for Health and Productivity Management on theories, application and results of behavior modification and patient engagement strategies.

Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes

Patients' health behaviors often contribute to the onset of their diseases, and their continued behavior can either help or hinder their progress. Healthcare providers need motivational strategies that respect the individual's state of mind but result in behavior changes that improve the patient's outcomes.

In this special report, "Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes," our panel of experts described how their organizations meet the challenges of motivating patients who are resistant to change. You'll hear from Rick Botelho, MD, professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Family Medicine Center, Richard Citrin, PhD, vice president of EAP solutions at UPMC Health Plan and former vice president of Integrated Care Management, Corphealth Inc. and Barbara Rutkowski, EdD, medical manager, St. Mary's Managed Care Services on the strategies that their organizations have developed to meet these challenges.

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