Just Published - The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond

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The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond is a new book written by a team of more than 10 industry experts that provide valuable insight into DM's basic building blocks.

Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) -- With chronic-care programs already well-established in most health plans, disease management (DM) is becoming more targeted, more integrated with other programs including wellness and lifestyle coaching, and more focused on the bottom line. The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond is a new book written by a team of more than 10 industry experts that provide valuable insight into DM's basic building blocks. For more information, visit http://www.aishealth.com/Products/bdm.html.

Readers will get answers to critical questions surrounding the evolution of these programs, including:

-- Will predictive models move from identifying which patients are likely to be high cost, to determining which of several intervention strategies may be most effective?

-- Will DM programs embrace "smart" technology to monitor everything from patients' vital signs and heart rhythms to what kind of food and exercise choices they make?

-- Will DM programs in the future focus on entire populations, rather than only the chronically ill?

-- Will the "build" versus "buy" debate disappear as most programs become hybrids of the two models?

This book is the perfect resource for health plans, DM companies, employer groups, employee benefit managers, state health programs, pharmacy benefit companies and pharmaceutical companies - providing its readers with an inside look at where the DM industry is headed over the next three to five years.

Spanning 11 chapters, The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond provides its readers with directional insight on:

  • Planning for successful implementation
  • Deciding whether to build or buy programs
  • Integrating care coordination
  • Motivating enrollees to change behaviors
  • Leveraging technology
  • Using predictive modeling
  • Measuring results
  • Targeting specific groups, such as large employers and Medicare Advantage members

For details on this publication, go to http://www.aishealth.com/Products/bdm.html.

The authors of The Next Generation of Disease Management: 2009 and Beyond represent organizations that include: The Disease Management Purchasing Consortium, Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Magellan Health Services, Inc., LifeMasters Supported Selfcare, Inc., MEDai, National Business Group on Health, Matrix Medical Network and Parkland Community Health Plan.

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