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Magellan Biosciences to Present at Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum
Date:5/17/2011

CHELMSFORD, Mass., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Magellan Biosciences, a global manufacturer of products designed to make diagnostic testing easier, more cost-effective, and less labor intensive, announced that its Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Joel De Jesus, will be a featured speaker at the Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices First Annual Awards Forum, which takes place tomorrow in Washington, DC. Mr. De Jesus will report on three model programs all of which coupled three-minute LeadCare® II testing with prevention education for parents to increase screening rates dramatically, identify lead-poisoned children, and ensure that they receive critical follow-up care.

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The Wisconsin WIC / Medicaid Managed Care Organization Partnership to Fight Childhood Lead Poisoning

The idea for the partnership was an outgrowth of the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program's 2007 Elimination Plan. According to The Legacy of Lead -- a 2008 report by Wisconsin's Department of Health and Family Services -- the state's children are at above-average risk for lead poisoning due to its high percentage of older homes and its industrial history. The report also begins to quantify the cost of lead poisoning to the state: "For each poisoning we prevent, we not only avoid unnecessary human tragedy, but the savings are estimated to be $40,000 to $50,000 per child."(1) Approximately 85% of all Wisconsin children seen in WIC clinics are Medicaid eligible, and thus, it is an ideal place to reach those most at-risk for lead poisoning. But, in 2009, only 38.8% of Medicaid-eligible children enrolled in WIC received a mandated lead test. Something had to be done!

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