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Healthways Proves Effectiveness of Senior Fitness Program with QualityMetric Health Survey
Date:6/18/2008

QualityMetric's SF-12v2 Health Survey Results are Used to Measure Physical

and Mental Health Status of Program Participants

LINCOLN, R.I., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched in 1997, the SilverSneakers(R) Fitness Program was created to encourage older adults to increase their level of physical activity. It is now the nation's leading fitness program aimed exclusively at older adults. The program is offered by Healthways, a provider of health and care support solutions based in Nashville, Tennessee. Healthways contracts with fitness centers and YMCAs across the country, enabling members of partnering Medicare health plans to enroll in SilverSneakers for free.

To convince health plans to offer SilverSneakers to their Medicare members, Healthways needed evidence that the program works.

Proving the Program Works

The growth of SilverSneakers is due in part to Healthways' ability to prove the program's effectiveness to health plans by monitoring the health status of participants on an ongoing basis. To accomplish this, Healthways uses a comprehensive questionnaire that incorporates the SF-12v2(R) Health Survey. Developed by QualityMetric(TM) Health Outcomes Solutions, the SF-12v2 captures reliable and scientifically valid patient-reported outcome (PRO) information.

Health plans are getting the message. Today, SilverSneakers has grown to over 4 million Medicare participants and is offered by 29 independent health insurance providers, as well as national organizations such as AARP, United, and Humana.

Results

According to Mary Ferron, Vice President, Health & Economic Outcomes at Healthways, "the SF-12v2 provides vital information that we can compare with national data from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey. The SF-12v2 is an instrument health plans recognize and believe is credible."

Not only have the surveys reinforced anecdotal evidence of physical improvement, Healthways has also learned that th
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