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Health Plus of New York Expands Use of Health Integrated Program to Reach Significantly More Members with Chronic Conditions
Date:4/9/2009

Agreement renewed and expanded after 18-month pilot of Synergy Targeted Population Management(R) showed member health improvements and significant reductions in costs

NEW YORK and TAMPA, Fla., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Plus, one of New York-area's largest providers of State-sponsored health insurance, and Health Integrated, a Targeted Population Health Management company focused on the critical interplay between medical and psychosocial health, have renewed and expanded their partnership to benefit significantly more Health Plus Medicaid members who have complicated chronic medical conditions.

Health Plus has been offering the Health Integrated Synergy Targeted Population Management(R) program since 2007 as its branded "To Your Health!" service. Health Plus has deployed Synergy to improve the health status and quality of life for its most expensive and high-risk members -- those with chronic illnesses and co-morbid psychosocial issues such as depression or stress, or barriers such as lack of transportation; all while reducing the overall cost of care. These patients are clinically complex and often struggle with intense psychological or behavioral factors that exacerbate medical conditions and increase care costs through avoidable and inappropriate healthcare utilization. The program is privately labeled to seamlessly manage this critical segment of the population within the context of Health Plus' broader risk management and chronic illness strategies.

"The results of the first 18 months of our To Your Health! program have been outstanding, both clinically and financially. Using Synergy, we've been able to reach, engage and improve the health of our most challenging members while significantly reducing the cost of care," says Clifford Marbut, MD, chief medical officer for Health Plus. "We look forward to expanding the program so that significantly more of our members can leverage Synergy."


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