Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 8
June 8, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Healthways Buys Disease Management Firm, Enters Medicaid Market
  2. Two Thirds of Family Doctors Believe COPD will be the Leading Cause of Death in 2020
  3. Digital Learning for Healthcare Consumers: Health Plan-Provided Education Is Key To Behavioral Change
  4. Lower Literacy Means Poor Health and Poor Healthcare Access for Older People
  5. The Medicaid Population: Making a Difference with Disease Management

1.) Healthways Buys Disease Management Firm, Enters Medicaid Market

Healthways Inc. is buying LifeMasters Supported SelfCare in a deal that adds nearly 600,0000 lives under management to the Nashville firm's base and marks its entry into the Medicaid market. The $307.5 million cash deal should close in early fiscal 2007, pending regulatory clearance. Healthways CEO Ben Leedle Jr. says the deal will help diversify his company's revenue sources and allow Healthways to sell its products and services to LifeMasters' clients. Healthways provides health and care support services for more than 2 million people. Originally working with health plans, the company has expanded into Medicare and international arenas. The firm recently signed a long-term deal to help develop programs with pharmacy benefits manager Medco.

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http://www.healthways.com/articles/press/LifeMasters%20Merger%20Agreement%20May%2030,%202006.html


2.) Two Thirds of Family Doctors Believe COPD will be the Leading Cause of Death in 2020

Survey results from the 'Time to Live' report, presented this month at the American Thoracic Society International Congress, show over two thirds of primary care physicians (66 percent) fear chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) will be the leading cause of death in 2020 despite almost all (98 percent) believing that there are effective treatments available for this condition. The survey was underwritten by a grant from international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

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3.) Digital Learning for Healthcare Consumers: Health Plan-Provided Education Is Key To Behavioral Change

Costs associated with healthcare and healthcare insurance costs in particular continue to rise in the United States. As consumers, long isolated from the true cost of healthcare services by fixed co-pays and health plan discounts, pick up more of the burden of healthcare costs, they begin to demand better service from their health plans. Digital learning is a powerful tool to deliver healthcare information to those who need it and thus to help remedy this growing healthcare crisis.

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4.) Lower Literacy Means Poor Health and Poor Healthcare Access for Older People

People aged 70 years and older with limited literacy skills are one and one half to two times as likely to have poor health and poor health care access as people with adequate or higher reading ability, according to a study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

To read this article online, please visit:
http://pub.ucsf.edu/newsservices/releases/200605261/


5.) The Medicaid Population: Making a Difference with Disease Management

With 60 percent of adult Medicaid enrollees afflicted with a chronic or disabling condition (most commonly diabetes, hypertension, asthma, psychoses and chronic depression), and nearly half this group suffering from a second condition, this population is in critical need of a healthy dose of disease management (DM), healthcare industry experts say. This special report delves into Medicaid concerns ranging from eligibility and patient engagement to marketing strategies and provider connections and explains how DM programs can integrate and improve care for those in need.

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