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Alere Executives Present National Health Improvement Strategy to Congressional and Industry Leaders
Date:6/3/2009

Includes estimates that spending for chronic illnesses could be reduced by $17 billion through innovative care management.

ATLANTA, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Obama administration, Congressional leaders and industry groups weigh the costs and benefits of healthcare reform, Alere(R) has proposed a National Health Improvement Strategy that could save American businesses and health insurers tens of billions of dollars by focusing on the management of preventable health risks and chronic illness. Working in collaboration with providers, employers and health plans, Alere employs health information technology, home monitoring services, rapid diagnostic tools, clinical outreach, and health coaching to improve the health and wellbeing of patients with conditions such as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes and cancer.

"Extending coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans is necessary, but this is not a sufficient goal for healthcare reform," said Alere CEO Ron Geraty, MD. "True reform also requires systemic changes that will dramatically improve the health of the nation and the value of the healthcare our citizens receive for the resources invested."

Geraty has presented Alere's proposals to key Congressional committees in recent weeks, and Alere's Executive Vice President, Ron Loeppke, MD, MPH., briefed members of Congress earlier this week on the benefits of workplace wellness and prevention strategies. Loeppke has conducted extensive research on the direct and indirect costs of chronic illness in the workplace, finding that the cost of health-related productivity losses exceed medical and pharmacy spending by a factor of more than 2.3 to 1.(1)

Loeppke's Congressional briefing was sponsored by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), where he is co-chairman of the Section on Health and Pro
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