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HAP Offers Web-Based Support for Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Date:4/22/2008

DETROIT, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People with bipolar disorder and depression can find hope and help with HAP's online support services.

HAP's interactive Health Care Decision Support system, available through the Web site http://www.hap.org, offers "one-click" access to a host of resources to support health decisions including:

-- information on how to manage bipolar disorder and depression;

-- links to online and local support groups, and community forums;

-- information and costs for drugs used to treat their condition;

-- an online health journal to chart their mood and mood history,

medication history, receive reminder/alert messages; and

-- a program to help people recognize the signs of depression and bipolar

disorder.

Health Alliance Plan is committed to helping individuals with bipolar disorder and depression regain control of their life by equipping them with the knowledge, motivation and resources they need to manage their mental health.

Health technology tools help patients gain access to HAP's vital health care and disease management resources. Extensive web-based patient support tools are integrated with comprehensive patient care services, including preventive services, coordinated disease management and health coaching.

"Bipolar disorder and depression require careful management with medications and therapy to assure the best outcome," said Nancy Ruhl, associate vice president, Health Management Services. "HAP helps people understand their medical condition, set personal health goals, incorporate healthy habits, manage their medications, and discover how to communicate effectively with health professionals about their mental health."

-- MoodTracker.com, an online health journal to chart their mood and mood

history, medication history, receive reminder/alert messages;

-- Self Assessment Program helps people recognize the signs of depression

and bipolar disorder, and the first step toward seeking treatment;

-- Healthcare Advisor, provides clear, concise information on how to manage

bipolar disorder and depression (and a host of other medical conditions)

with links to online and local support groups, and community forums.

Patients can find out what questions to ask their doctors, and more;

-- PharmaAdvisor enables patients to compare detailed information and costs

for drugs used to treat their condition, check for drug interactions and

find out which medications are on HAP's formulary; and

-- Treatment Cost Advisor provides comparative information on costs for

more than 200 medical procedures, specified by zip code.

The Web-based decision support tools are part of HAP's comprehensive, patient-centered approach to disease management and behavioral health services designed to support the physician-patient relationship. Individualized coaching from nurse case managers, behavioral health specialists and pharmacists along with condition monitoring and ongoing education helps patients understand their condition, learn how to take better care of themselves and stay with their physician's treatment plan.

Health Alliance Plan will showcase its important work in health information technology and mental health management at a health innovations event on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC) today. Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Pete Domenici (R-NM) will participate in this event, which is hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and leading behavioral health and mental illness advocacy organizations, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW).

About HAP

Headquartered in Detroit, Health Alliance Plan is a nonprofit health plan serving more than 540,000 members and 2,000 employer groups. HAP is a subsidiary of the Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's leading regional health care systems. The health plan serves companies of all sizes through the flagship HMO, PPOs, Medicare Advantage plans, experience-rated, fully insured and self-funded products. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus, its Medicare Advantage HMO, Excellent Accreditation.


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