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Iowa Medicaid Demonstration Finds Tel-Assurance(R) Remote Monitoring Platform Improved Health Status and Saved $5 Million
Date:7/8/2008

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-- 22% decrease in total bed days, compared to a 33% increase for the matched cohort group

-- 2x increase in the size of care managers' case loads due to program efficiencies

Iowa Medicaid Enterprises (IME); the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium (ICCC), a voluntary collaboration of public, private, academic and government organizations whose purpose is to develop capacity for the state of Iowa to effectively manage the most prevalent chronic diseases affecting Iowans, and Pharos Innovations partnered for this demonstration. It was launched to evaluate the impact of Tel-Assurance, a scalable, cost-effective and proven remote monitoring platform, in reducing cost and improving quality, self-management and care coordination for Iowa Medicaid members with heart failure.

"We know that involving patients in their care empowers them and encourages the adoption of healthier lifestyles and behaviors," said Dr. Tom Kline, IME medical director. "This demonstration showed that implementing a technology-leveraged chronic care model, such as Tel-Assurance, can transform care coordination from episodic, reactive and human resource based to a daily, proactive, efficient and self-care supportive model."

"These results indicate that a communication- and technology-based remote monitoring platform can transform care coordination, even for the challenging Medicaid population, to encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyles and produce industry-leading clinical and financial performance improvements," added William Appelgate, Ph.D., executive director of the ICCC.

The one year study, notable for its industry best practice level methodology, used a one year baseline and compared program participants to a matched cohort group. Due to the demonstration's success in saving money and improving care, Iowa Medicaid will extend the use of the program beyond the demonstration.

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