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Research Shows Successful Physician Engagement in LifeMasters Disease Management Programs
Date:12/9/2008

proprietary Health Alert offers an effective strategy to engage physicians in our disease management program, which also improves the quality of care and return on investment," said Christobel Selecky, CEO of LifeMasters. "When coaches and physicians communicate with each other and coordinate care, participants achieve better health outcomes."

The most common conditions to generate alerts were congestive heart failure, diabetes, coronary artery disease and cancer. The most common reasons for the alerts include medication discrepancy, chest pain, generalized pain, shortness of breath, hyper and hypoglycemia, weight gain and edema. LifeMasters found that over the 39-month period, program participants received the following interventions ordered by their physicians directly as a result of the Health Alerts:

Saw physician in office - 52%
Had a lab test - 12%
Seen in the ER - 7%
Admitted to the hospital - 4%
Started on a new medication - 11%
Medication dosage changed - 6%
Other medication change - 2%
Other new instructions from the physician - 17%

The Health Alert is automatically compiled by LifeMasters' proprietary information technology system that constantly tracks hundreds of clinical indicators obtained through biometric monitoring, claims data and nurse assessments against thresholds derived from evidence-based, national guidelines. "Out of bounds" events are triaged by a nurse to determine which can be acted upon by the physician because they are related to important clinical changes rather than behavioral changes, which are handled by LifeMasters nurses and coaches.

The Health Alert can also be an important part of pay-for-performance or medical home strategies that organizations may be contemplating.

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