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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Extends LifeMasters Demonstration Project in Florida
Date:2/20/2008

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc., a national provider of health improvement services, announced that it has received an extension from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of its disease management demonstration project in Florida. The project, which aims to measure the effectiveness of a disease management program in a typically underserved population, focuses on dually eligible fee for service beneficiaries (Medicare/Medicaid) in seven counties who have congestive heart failure (CHF) as a primary diagnosis or any combination of CHF, diabetes and/or coronary heart disease.

"LifeMasters' preliminary analysis of the program data has demonstrated that we have improved clinical outcomes showing cost effectiveness to Medicare for what is typically a very difficult to manage population. This extension allows us to continue to provide these much-needed services to beneficiaries in Florida while continuing to work collaboratively with CMS to continuously improve our interventions," said Christobel E. Selecky, President and CEO of LifeMasters.

A unique aspect of the project is the company's holistic approach to ensure a beneficiary's life situation is addressed as well as their health status. LifeMasters engages one-on-one with each participant to "meet them where they are" to ensure the best possible outcomes. While telephonic outreach is often used, the program also provides dedicated community-based nurses and social workers who meet with some of the beneficiaries with more complex needs in their homes to help them learn how to better manage their health.

"The nurses, whether in the home or on the phone, recognize that for some participants, dealing with underlying life issues can be as important as, if not more important than, addressing medical problems," said Selecky. "While helping our participants improve their selfcare skills is a primary goal of the program, our nurses have the t
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