Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 7
June 1, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. June 1 Deadline Looms for Revamped Medicaid in Georgia
  2. Bluetooth SIG Aims to Improve Healthcare Experience
  3. Cultural Competency in Healthcare: Health Plans and Providers Strive to Speak the Same Language
  4. Cardium Health Receives URAC Disease Management Accreditation
  5. Maternity Disease Management: Raising Expectations and Improving Outcomes

1.) June 1 Deadline Looms for Revamped Medicaid in Georgia

Governor Sonny Perdue is encouraging members of Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs to enroll in Georgia Healthy Families, the state’s new program to deliver health care services through partnerships with private care management organizations (CMOs) in time for the June 1 implementation date. Discussing the benefits of the new program at a recent press conference, the governor said the program will give decision-making power and control to plan members while stemming the spiraling costs of healthcare in Georgia.

Read this article online at:
http://www.gov.state.ga.us/press/2006/press1129.shtml


2.) Bluetooth SIG Aims to Improve Healthcare Experience

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide who suffer with chronic illnesses, from diabetes to high blood pressure and heart disease, could benefit from a Bluetooth SIG effort aimed at allowing health-related devices to work with consumer electronics products. The Bluetooth SIG has announced the formation of a Medical Devices Working Group. This team, made up of 19 member companies including IBM, Intel, Motorola, Nonin Medical, Philips Electronics and Welch Allyn, will work together to create and ratify a Bluetooth Medical Device Profile that will expand the use of Bluetooth technology into the medical, health and fitness markets.

To read this article online, please visit:
http://bluetooth.com/Bluetooth/Press/SIG/BLUETOOTH_SIG_AIMS_TO_IMPROVE_HEALTHCARE_EXPERIENCE_THROUGH_INTEROPERABILITY.htm


3.) Cultural Competency in Healthcare: Health Plans and Providers Strive to Speak the Same Language

This white paper examines how 110 health plans and providers are improving the quality of and access to care among culturally diverse populations in the United States. More than half of respondents currently practice at least a rudimentary cultural competency awareness program, with others hoping to begin initiatives in the coming year.

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4.) Cardium Health Receives URAC Disease Management Accreditation

Cardium Health, a leading provider of health improvement and disease management programs to self-insured employers and benefit plan sponsors, has been awarded Disease Management Accreditation from URAC, a Washington, DC-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry. Cardium Health received accreditation for all programs for which it applied including coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure (CHF) and diabetes. URAC's Disease Management Accreditation Program standards support evidence-based practice, collaborative relationships with providers, consumer education and shared-decision making.

To read this article online, please visit:
http://www.cardiumhealth.com/about/N200605_urac.html


5.) Maternity Disease Management: Raising Expectations and Improving Outcomes

This special report examines the impact maternity management programs can have on containing healthcare costs and improving outcomes by reducing the number of premature deliveries and addressing postpartum depression (PPD). The report offers case studies of maternity management programs, highlighting information on pre- and post-natal assessments, clinical guidelines, monitoring techniques and outcomes.

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