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Contact: Vicki Cohn, (914) 740-2100, vcohn@liebertpub.com
It Is Time for Medicare to Adopt Chronic Care Management-Benefits Are Presented in Supplement to Population Health Management

New Rochelle, NY, February 25, 2011-Emerging and established strategies for disease prevention and chronic care management throughout life can have a dramatic impact on reducing the health burden among older adults, reducing hospital admissions, and lowering health care costs for seniors, according to a series of thought-provoking articles in a supplement to Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, IncThe supplement is available free online

The ability of Medicare to remain solvent and meet the rising health care costs associated with an aging population and a growing chronic disease burden is a very real concern. The articles in this supplement to Population Health Management present a broad range of perspectives, disease management approaches, and economic models intended to reach a consensus on the value, advantages, and limitations of wellness, prevention, and chronic care interventions aimed at improving the health of seniors and reducing Medicare costs in the U.S.

"The country's vision should be toward optimizing each citizen's health over a lifetime rather than starting at age 65. This supplement is one indication that we have identified best practices, developed and tested models, and built an evidence base. Now it is time to fund prevention through the public health trust fund and other avenues made available through health care reform," says Journal Editor-in-Chief David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health (Philadelphia, PA), in his Editorial, "Population Health Management in Medicare: The Time is Now."

"If only a fraction of the savings described in this supplement to PHM is achievable at lower cost for the Medicare program, the implications for our national health agenda are truly profound," writes Jaan Sidorov, MD, MHSA, Sidorov Health Solutions, in the accompanying Commentary, "Learning from Our Mistakes."

Featured articles include the following: "A Review of Healthways' Medicare Health Support Program and Final Results for Two Cohorts"; "Avoiding Randomization Failure in Program Evaluation, with Application to the Medicare Health Support Program"; "Analysis of the Treatment Effect of Healthways' Medicare Health Support Phase 1 Pilot on Medicare Costs"; "The Impact of Proactive Chronic Care Management on Hospital Admissions in a German Senior Population"; "Potential Medicare Savings through Prevention and Risk Reduction"; Effectiveness of Health and Wellness Initiatives for Seniors."

Population Health Management is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly in print and online that reflects the expanding scope of health care management and quality. The Journal delivers a comprehensive, integrated approach to the field of population health and provides information designed to improve the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access, and outcomes, thereby improving the health of an entire population. Comprising of peer-reviewed original research articles, clinical research and case studies, the content includes a broad range of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as focusing on various aspects of prevention and wellness. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online.

Population Health Management is the Official Journal of the Care Continuum Alliance.