Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 6
May 25, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Careguide/Patient Infosystems Announces 3-Year Contract Renewal With the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits
  2. ALR Technologies and informedHEALTH to Introduce a First-in-Industry Health Management Service That Can Save Health Insurance Payers Thousands of Dollars Annually for Selected Individuals
  3. Lifestyle Incentives Rewards Programs Encourage Healthy Lifestyles
  4. Disease Management­Now In Its Third Wave­Is Still Growing In Payer Sector
  5. Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes

1.) Careguide/Patient Infosystems Announces 3-Year Contract Renewal With the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits

Patient Infosystems, Inc. (OTCBB: PATY) ("CareGuide/Patient Infosystems"), a health and care management company, announced the renewal of its contract with the State of Louisiana Office of Group Benefits ("Louisiana OGB").

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http://www.ptisys.com/web/html/news/2006/pr5-19-06.html


2.) ALR Technologies and informedHEALTH to Introduce a First-in-Industry Health Management Service That Can Save Health Insurance Payers Thousands of Dollars Annually for Selected Individuals

ALR Technologies, Inc. announced that informedHEALTH, LLC, based in Charlotte, NC, plans a third quarter launch of the ALRT500 Medication Compliance Reminder and Home Health monitoring system to be used along with early disease detection for its chronic care patient population.

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3.) Lifestyle Incentives Rewards Programs Encourage Healthy Lifestyles

Changing healthcare trends, including movement from one-time treatment costs for acute conditions to blank checks for chronic care, challenge employers' ability to safeguard both employee health and financial viability. While dependent upon employee productivity for industrial progress, employers and health plans must maintain a bottom line. According to a 2003 report by the Partnership for Solutions, a research group at Johns Hopkins University, people with chronic conditions account for 88 percent of all prescriptions filled, 72 percent of all physician visits and 76 percent of all inpatient stays. These numbers do not appear to be decreasing.

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4.) Disease Management­Now In Its Third Wave­Is Still Growing In Payer Sector

Although disease management (DM) is already widespread today, it still offers enormous growth opportunities for both payers and disease management organizations (DMOs). In its new report, Realizing the Promise of Disease Management , The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reviews the sector’s progress and prospects and finds that dramatic increases in revenues are expected as DM continues to mature. Within the commercial-payer segment alone, BCG’s analysis conservatively pegs the maximum potential revenues of the DM-services industry at $3 billion to $4 billion.

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http://www.bcg.com/News_Media/news_media_releases.jsp?id=1731


5.) Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes

In this special report, "Motivating Resistant Patients: Influencing Behaviors to Improve Outcomes," HIN's 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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