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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Honors Health and Education Services, Inc. with its Third Health Care Excellence Award at Annual Quality Forum
Date:10/30/2009

Program recognized by panel of experts for improving safety and effectiveness of care

Boston, MA (Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. (BCBSMA) today announced that Health & Education Services, Inc. (HES), a community-based behavioral health care network in northeastern Massachusetts, was selected as the recipient of the third annual Health Care Excellence Award for its exceptional achievement in improving the safety and effectiveness of health care in Massachusetts through its Health Access and Integration Program (HAIP). The recognition comes with a $100,000 award. HAIP manages the overall health of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) - a shift from a focus on symptom management and episodic care.

A study conducted by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, found that people with a SMI die 25 years earlier than their counterparts in the general population, and that three out of every five people with SMI die due to a preventable health condition.

HAIP addresses this problem by integrating a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the mental health outpatient setting. The NP provides primary health care to patients diagnosed with a SMI to treat problems such as obesity, hypertension, allergies, high chol
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