Disease Management Update
Volume III, No. 13
July 13, 2006

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Table of Contents

  1. Diabetes Researchers Participate in International Study to Curb Disease Onset
  2. Disease Management Q&A: Identifying Readiness to Change in Diabetics
  3. Virtual Partnership: Health Coaching Goes High-Tech
  4. HHS Announces $15 Million Collaboration on Prevention for Older Americans
  5. Michigan HMO Members Will Find That Healthy Lifestyles Pay Off

1.) Diabetes Researchers Participate in International Study to Curb Disease Onset

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are beginning two new studies as part of an international effort to prevent type 1 diabetes, which affects 7 percent of Americans. The project, called Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, involves researchers at 22 clinical centers in the U.S. and centers in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The investigators will identify 100,000 persons at risk of developing Type 1 diabetes and test interventions to prevent the onset of the disease.

To read more about this study, please visit:
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/fast-execute.cgi/article-page.html?article=80330009


2.) Disease Management Q&A: Identifying Readiness to Change in Diabetics

Each week, a healthcare professional responds to a reader's query on an industry issue. This week's expert is David Larsen, R.N., M.H.A., director of quality improvement at SelectHealth.

Question: How do you identify patients who are likely to embrace the self-management of their diabetes?

Answer: "We're trying to identify partially through our interactive voice response (IVR) calls those patients who are ready to make changes, who will commit to making changes and who want help. We then get the help to them in a timely manner in a method that meets their needs. The IVR system is a good way to get through a large population fairly rapidly and sort out those patients who are ready to change and ready to improve versus churning through patients slowly."

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3.) Virtual Partnership: Health Coaching Goes High-Tech

For Gordian Health Solutions, what began as a simple nurse call-in concept has evolved into a team of health coaches representing a broad range of health specialties, carefully trained to support enrollees in a proactive way to meet their health goals. Gordian’s proprietary tracking software allows the health coach to make notes and update the participant’s record each time they speak. This creates a record of health and lifestyle behavior and it reflects individual activity on educational mailings, consultations, and feedback, available to every Health Coach who interacts with the participant.

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4.) HHS Announces $15 Million Collaboration on Prevention for Older Americans

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt has announced a $15 million collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies to improve the health and quality of life for older Americans at the community level. “This new partnership, led by the Administration on Aging and involving several HHS agencies, states, and various public and private organizations at the community level, will empower older people to take more control of their own health through lifestyle and behavioral changes that have proven effective in reducing the risk of disease and disability among the elderly,” said Secretary Leavitt. Older Americans are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease, as well as by disabilities that result from injuries such as falls.

Read this article online at:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060705.html


5.) Michigan HMO Members Will Find That Healthy Lifestyles Pay Off

Beginning Oct. 1, many Blue Care Network of Michigan HMO customers can pay less for their health insurance by adopting healthy lifestyles and giving up habits such as smoking and overeating. Employers who commit to providing a health-minded workplace and enroll in Healthy Blue Living (SM), a program from the Blue Care Network of Michigan, can expect to pay an average of 10 percent less than they otherwise would have. Workers at enrolled companies who agree to maintain or pursue specified healthy behaviors will pay lower co-pays and deductibles than co-workers who do not adopt healthy lifestyles. Blue Care Network of Michigan has more than 450,000 members and the largest HMO network of physicians and hospitals in Michigan.

To read more, please visit:
http://www.mibcn.com/pr/pr_07-10-2006_17134.shtml


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