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NBCH Releases Report on Health Plans' Performance for Cardiovascular Disease Care and Prevention
Date:7/22/2009

Findings reveal plans are responding to employer urgency for improved care in managing chronic conditions

WASHINGTON , July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) released a national report on efforts of health plan programs to improve cardiovascular disease (CVD) care and prevention. NBCH used data from eValue8(TM), the nation's leading standardized Request for Information (RFI), a tool utilized by employers and coalitions to measure and compare health plan performance.

It is estimated that 80 million Americans have some form of heart disease including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke or heart failure. Risk factors for heart disease begin in the working age population and almost 40 percent of the working age population between the ages of 40 to 69 has some type of cardiovascular disease with risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Employers expect health plans to develop and provide innovative ways to help members reduce risk factors and control risks to reduce heart disease. Designed to support employer purchasing strategies, the report offers purchasers a snapshot of health plan practices and identifies areas for improvement. The information is publicly available and can be accessed at: http://nbch.org/documents/CVD_2009.pdf.

Over 100 million Americans, or about two-thirds of those insured by employers, are members of health plans that respond to eValue8. In 2008 more than 150 HMO and PPO health plans responded to the eValue8 RFI, and 103 of the responses were validated by local business coalitions.

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