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Independence Blue Cross Enhances SMART(R) Registry
Date:7/31/2008

New medication monitoring tool benefits physicians and their patients

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- To better support high-quality patient care, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) is providing primary care physicians with enhanced information about IBC members with chronic conditions. This summer, physicians across the region are receiving a SMART(R) Registry with several important enhancements. The Registry is a tailored medical report that aids physicians in better treating patients with specific health care needs.

Twice a year, primary care physician practices receive the SMART Registry for many of their patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, coronary heart disease, asthma, and COPD. The reports include color-coded charts that note whether the member may be in need of a recommended test, procedure, or treatment. Reports also include confirmation that recommended tests have been completed, along with available results.

The SMART Registry, introduced by IBC in 2004 through an alliance with Health Dialog, will now add key new information regarding chronic condition members and will be available in a variety of convenient formats. Now included in the Registry is "medication persistence," a medication monitoring tool to help physicians manage patient care more proficiently. Persistence rates will show how often a patient fills their recommended prescriptions and obtains refills in a timely manner.

"We are very excited about the recent enhancements to the SMART Registry and how they will help doctors better serve their patients," said Dr. Esther Nash, senior medical director at IBC. "We consistently search for ways to make this information useful to physicians. Members with chronic conditions face a continuous challenge when it comes to keeping up with care recommended by their physicians. The Registry is an innovative means for doctors to identify gaps in care and work with their patients to be
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