New Care for Comorbidity: Webinar to Explain How to Improve Health and Reduce Costs in Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

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Two industry experts will present the Guided Care Model and other disease management approaches to improving health and reducing healthcare costs for patients with multiple comorbidities during an October 29, 2008 webinar from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

Individuals with comorbidities -- the presence of more than one disease or health condition at a given time -- comprise more than a quarter of the population and account for 65 cents of every U.S. healthcare dollar. Managing Comorbidities in Disease Management, an October 29, 2008 webinar from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, will examine disease management (DM) programs that improve health and reduce healthcare costs for those patients with comorbid conditions. The webinar will examine the Guided Care model, a multidisciplinary model of primary care for people with multiple chronic conditions, and other DM approaches. For more information, please visit

Scheduled Speakers: Chad Boult, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., professor of public health, medicine & nursing and director of the Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a principal investigator of a randomized trial of the Guided Care Model, and James Hardy, senior vice president of care management services, McKesson Health Solutions.

Conference Highlights: Dr. Boult will describe the Guided Care model and preliminary results of its impact of healthcare quality and costs for 904 older patients in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. Guided Care is a multidisciplinary model of primary care for people with multiple chronic conditions, designed to improve the quality and outcomes of complex healthcare by improving the delivery system's design, decision support, access to clinical information and support for self-management, and by facilitating patients' access to community services.

The webinar will also detail the most effective disease management models for serving patients with multiple comorbidities; the role of technology in managing multiple conditions; facilitating communication among the patient, caregiver, physicians and case manager; developing outreach and education programs that engage and motivate patients; assessing and stratifying patients for custom outreach plans; conducting home visits to assess and monitor health status; and tracking performance and results on comorbid diseases.

Target Audience: CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development and strategic planning directors and physician practice leaders.

Webinar Formats: 90-minute live webinar on October 29, 2008 includes a 30-minute Q&A; "On-Demand" rebroadcast available October 31, 2008; 90-minute recording on CD-ROM with printed transcript or video recording of webinar on DVD available November 19, 2008. For conference details, please visit

"Individuals with complex health issues consume more healthcare resources -- particularly at the primary care level -- at more than twice the per capita cost of those with a single chronic illness. Additionally, 65 percent of U.S. elderly patients had two or more types of chronic conditions. Alternate care models for this population offer the opportunity to reduce costs and redistribute care responsibilities among providers, case managers, family, community and the patient," said Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO.

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

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 @, or visit


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