Disease Management Webinar: The Impact of a Diabetes Medical Home on Practice Work Flow, Patient Outcomes and Healthcare Costs

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According to the American Diabetes Association, yearly overall healthcare costs for a patient with diabetes were $11,744 in 2007, of which 57 percent -- $6,649 -- was directly attributed to diabetes. Moreover, one in five healthcare dollars on a patient with diabetes, and one in ten healthcare dollars is attributed to diabetes. To counteract this spending, several healthcare organizations are having success with diabetes medical homes, which can pay off in more cost-effective, patient-centric care. During "Building a Diabetes Medical Home: The Impact on Practice Work Flow, Patient Outcomes and Healthcare Costs," a webinar on March 19, 2008, the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN) will provide the inside details on implementing the medical home model to improve outcomes for diabetes care.

Organizations are beginning to report their successes from treating diabetes through the use of medical homes, and growing evidence suggests that effective management of diabetes reduces complications and reduces healthcare costs. "Building a Diabetes Medical Home: The Impact on Practice Work Flow, Patient Outcomes and Healthcare Costs," a March 19, 2008 webinar, will examine how some organizations have structured the care provided to diabetes patients through the medical home model and the impact it has had on patient outcomes and healthcare costs in both commercial and Medicaid populations. For more information, please visit the HIN bookstore at http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?diabetesmedhomepr .

NEWS FACTS:

  • Scheduled Speakers: Dr. James Barr, medical director, Partners in Care, and Roberta Burgess, nurse case manager, Community Care Plan of Eastern North Carolina through Heritage Hospital in Tarboro, N.C.. Ms. Burgess also presented at HIN's December 2006 audio conference "For Emergency Use Only: Curbing Unnecessary Emergency Room Use Through Education, Accountability and Physician Engagement."
  • Conference Highlights: Identifying which practices can support the medical home model; implementing care coordination strategies to service the diabetic patient; measuring the outcomes and cost savings from diabetes patients treated through a medical home; designing effective practice work flow to support the medical home model; and developing effective reimbursement strategies for the medical home.
  • Target Audience: CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development and strategic planning directors, physician practice leaders.
  • Webinar Formats: 90-minute live webinar on March 19, 2008 includes a 30-minute Q&A; "On-Demand" rebroadcast available March 24, 2008; 90-minute recording on CD-ROM with printed transcript available April 4, 2008. For conference details, please visit the HIN bookstore at http://www.hin.com/cgi-local/link/news/pl.cgi?diabetesmedhomepr .

QUOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO MELANIE MATTHEWS, HIN EXECUTIVE VP AND COO:

Melanie Matthews's profile may be viewed at http://www.hin.com/bios.html#mm.

"As the medical home has proven clinical and financial benefits for the healthcare community in general, it is only logical to apply this model of care to specific areas of disease management such as diabetes. The results presented during this webinar can serve as a guide toprograms for asthma, heart disease and other chronic illnesses."

Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes or audio.

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network -- HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 292-3073, e-mail info@hin.com, or visit http://www.hin.com.

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