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CareOregon and Health Integrated Partner to Enhance Services for Oregonians with Chronic Illness
Date:3/25/2009

Health plan to leverage Health Integrated's Synergy Targeted Population Management(R) program to reduce healthcare costs while improving health for Medicaid subscribers

PORTLAND, Ore. and TAMPA, Fla., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CareOregon, a non-profit health plan that provides Medicaid and Medicare managed care services for Oregonians, and Health Integrated, the leading Targeted Population Health Management company, are partnering to improve the health and quality of life for CareOregon's members with diabetes and depression.

Health Integrated, which is focused on understanding and addressing the critical interplay between medical and psychosocial health, recently received accreditation for exceeding the nation's highest performance standards in seven disease areas, including diabetes and depression. CareOregon will use Health Integrated's Synergy Targeted Population Management(R) program to provide coaching, education and support to enhance its management of diabetes and depression among its member population while reducing avoidable healthcare utilization and costs.

"We're dedicated to providing healthcare access for Oregonians who are most at risk," says David Ford, chief executive officer of CareOregon. "We have an extensive CareSupport effort that uses a team approach to support members' behavioral and psychological health along with their physical conditions as part of a whole-patient approach. By partnering with Health Integrated, we can expand our work in a couple of key health areas. We believe the Synergy program will help us to further empower members to take charge of their own health, supporting our vision of healthy Oregonians regardless of income or social circumstances."

Chronic illness is a serious problem in the U.S., affecting 140 million Americans -- many of whom also suffer from psychological conditions or social challenges. A disproportionate percentage of Medicaid pati
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