Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 11
June 29, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Culturally Relevant Diabetes Disease Management Program Graduates Class of Self-Managers
  2. SelectHealth Credits Interactive Voice Response System with Boosting Outcomes, Quality Scores of Diabetes Patients
  3. Kaiser Permanente Awarded "Innovations in Healthcare(SM)" Honor for Multi-Pronged Wellness Program
  4. Disease Management Q&A: What To Do When the Workforce Is Too Busy for Wellness
  5. American Medical Colleges Call for 30 Percent Increase in Medical School Enrollment

1.) Culturally Relevant Diabetes Disease Management Program Graduates Class of Self-Managers

Eva Mae Jenkins has been living with diabetes for the past three years. Her daughter was also recently diagnosed. She had no idea what complications diabetes caused, but it all changed when she recently began participating in a community program specifically created for her and other African American and Hispanic Savannah residents with diabetes. The program, called Amigos En Salud (TM) /Friends in Health (TM), was designed by Pfizer Health Solutions Inc. and launched with the Community Healthcare Center earlier this year. Based on a community health worker model, the program trains local community members to educate, empower and motivate people with diabetes and their families.

To read more about this program online, please visit:
http://www.pfizerhealthsolutions.com/media/050505_newsearchstudy.asp


2.) SelectHealth Credits Interactive Voice Response System with Boosting Outcomes, Quality Scores of Diabetes Patients

An interactive voice response system (IVRS) that provides reminders and information to SelectHealth diabetes patients has boosted outcomes that had previously reached a plateau, according to David Larsen, the company's director of quality improvement. Audio excerpts detailing SelectHealth's IVRS for diabetic disease management participants are featured in "Diabetes Disease Management: Practical Strategies for Identifying At-Risk Populations and Avoiding Complications," a June 2006 audio conference on CD-ROM. During this 90-minute audio conference, Larsen and Dr. Jaan Sidorov, medical director with Geisinger Health Plan, describe how their programs identify potential members for diabetes disease management programs, the interventions given and the impact these programs are having on patient outcomes and the bottom line.

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3.) Kaiser Permanente Awarded "Innovations in Healthcare(SM)" Honor for Multi-Pronged Wellness Program

The Adapted Business Leaders (ABL) organization has named Kaiser Permanente the recipient of its "Innovations in Healthcare" Award for its "eHealthy Lifestyles" program. The integrated health plan's program, which incorporates products from HealthMedia, is a multi-faceted wellness initiative that gives plan members web-enabled behavior change interventions centered on health risk assessment, weight management and physical activity, smoking cessation, stress management and healthy eating. The ABL is a nationally renowned roundtable of CEOs from healthcare and technology companies headquartered along the west coast corridor between San Diego and San Francisco.

To read this article online, please visit:
http://www.healthmedia.com/news/releases_text.html?MainID=343


4.) Disease Management Q&A: What To Do When the Workforce Is Too Busy for Wellness

Each week, a healthcare professional will respond to a reader's query on an industry issue. This week's contributors are Margaret Frucci, human resource manager at the Ocean Medical Center in New Jersey, part of the Meridian Health System, and Aaron Hardy, wellness coordinator, Washoe County School District.

Question: How do you engage a busy workforce in healthy competition programs?

Answer: (Margaret Frucci) "Our work force is especially busy because we're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our key to member engagement is to offer incentives that cover all three shifts. We have to ensure whatever programs we develop will provoke maximum participation. We promote all our team-building activities well in advance, and we have many cheerleaders that support our efforts."

(Aaron Hardy) "You should maximize the Internet to promote engagement. Some organizations do not have in-house Internet capacity, but most employees can connect at home. Infiltrating the cyberspace of employees is effective because it's an opportunity to engage the masses. They feel as if someone is watching over to remind them to undertake healthy behavior. Gear development toward online initiatives. It's more cost-effective than other methods."

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5.) American Medical Colleges Call for 30 Percent Increase in Medical School Enrollment

Citing growing evidence of a national physician shortage, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has recommended that enrollment in U.S. medical schools be increased 30 percent by 2015. This expansion would result in an additional 5,000 new M.D. students annually and should be accomplished by boosting enrollment at existing schools, as well as by creating new allopathic medical schools. "A shortage of U.S. doctors would have a profound impact on all Americans by affecting access to quality healthcare, especially for the underserved who already encounter substantial barriers when seeking care," said AAMC President Jordan J. Cohen, M.D. "Based on current evidence, we believe this recommended increase will help prevent a future shortfall and meet the health needs of our nation."

To read this article online, please visit:
http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2006/060619.htm


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