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Lehigh Valley-Based PPO, Valley Preferred, Reports Marked Improvement in Disease Management & Wellness Outcomes
Date:2/24/2009

Physician engagement makes the difference.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Business owners throughout eastern Pennsylvania are experiencing something most companies in America covet: reduced usage of critical health care services through increased management of disease and use of wellness programs by employees. The strategy is a practical approach that promotes the power of the physician-patient relationship in a methodical way. Less absences and more productivity are the benefit to business.

Valley Preferred's physician network creates the means to clinically integrate meaningful data for the benefit of providers, health insurance companies, employers and patients. Affordable, flexible health plan options offered to businesses from several large health insurance companies increase choice; health management does the rest by surveying employee populations and instituting rigorous mechanisms to consistently improve physician and patient performance. "Care for chronic disease and ideally, overall patient health, is improved," says Chris Lewis, Valley Preferred's clinical program administrator. "The care system is reduced through wellness education."

Several Valley Preferred client populations were studied. These isolated populations, each diagnosed with similar chronic conditions, showed remarkable results after disease management programs were implemented and monitored (see end of this news release for data).

"We are seeing tangible improvements, one patient at a time," says Gregory Kile, executive director and CEO of Valley Preferred. "We are confident that in the years ahead we will be able to expand these efforts with more to show. It can be an exciting time in health care if we learn how to implement best practices and reduce costs through better alignments throughout the provider system."

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