Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 9
June 15, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Physicians Go Mobile: PDA, Smart Phone and Tablet Use on the Rise
  2. New This Issue --- Disease Management Q&A: Billing Patients for Online Visits
  3. $24.7 Billion in Generic Savings Available This Year, Driven by Blockbuster Brands Going Generic
  4. Healthcare e-Marketing: How Healthcare Organizations Tap the Power of the Internet to Boost Business
  5. Matria Healthcare Announces Three New Disease Management Accounts and Client Expansions into Wellness, Maternity Management

1.) Physicians Go Mobile: PDA, Smart Phone and Tablet Use on the Rise

Today, the doctor is not only online, but also likely to employ a variety of gadgets to enhance the quality of patient care and provider efficiency. The use of personal digital assistants (PDAs) among physicians has become commonplace, and smart phones and tablets are also gaining ground. Some surveys put PDA use at more than 60 percent; a 2005 American Medical Association/Forrester Research report found that more than half of U.S. physicians regularly use a PDA or hand-held computer on the job.

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2.) New This Issue --- Disease Management Q&A: Billing Patients for Online Visits

With this issue of Disease Management Update, we inaugurate a "Disease Management Q&A" feature. Each week, a healthcare professional will respond to a reader's query on an industry trend. This week's contributor is Dr. Eric M. Liederman, medical director for clinical information systems at the University of California Davis Medical Center.

Question: When a patient contacts you for an e-visit, is the bill generated automatically or does the patient have to first enter credit card information?

Answer: When patients click the link on our site for a Web visit, they’re asked to enter their credit card information. It doesn’t mean they’ll be charged, as the doctor can always waive the fee, but all rules and fees are presented prior to the input of credit card information. Our internal policies and procedures include payor contracts that involve co-pays and alternatives for those not covered in these agreements, including self-pay, but other payor plans, including governmental ones. For these, we currently charge a fixed fee of $25.

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3.) $24.7 Billion in Generic Savings Available This Year, Driven by Blockbuster Brands Going Generic

Generic drugs could save U.S. consumers $24.7 billion this year alone, according to a report issued by Express Scripts, one of the nation's largest managers of pharmacy benefit plans. The report examined the clinical potential for greater generic drug use in six major drug-therapy classes used to treat common conditions like stomach ulcers, inflammation, depression, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It was based on a random sample of approximately three million individuals projectable to the U.S. commercially insured population.

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4.) Healthcare e-Marketing: How Healthcare Organizations Tap the Power of the Internet to Boost Business

Healthcare organizations are no strangers to Internet marketing. With more than 70 percent of America online, an Internet presence is an essential component of today’s marketing strategies. Three-quarters of the 184 companies responding to a 2006 online survey said they use the Internet to market their products and services. Of those respondents who have not yet made this electronic leap, more than half say they plan to launch Internet marketing efforts sometime in 2006.

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5.) Matria Healthcare Announces Three New Disease Management Accounts and Client Expansions into Wellness, Maternity Management

Matria Healthcare, Inc. announced that it has been awarded three new disease management accounts, and that 10 of its current accounts are expanding their Matria-provided programs and services. Matria's three new clients are all self-insured employers. Two of the new accounts are offering Matria's wellness programs, and one of these is combining the the Georgia-based company's proprietary Health Risk Assessment tool with the wellness program to create even greater health awareness for their employees and dependents. The other new account is offering the company's maternity management program and services to identify and manage their pregnant employees and dependents at risk for premature delivery or other complications of pregnancy.

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