Navigation Links
WellPoint Announces Innovative Program to Help Improve the Care of Members Suffering With Bipolar Disorder
Date:1/6/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP), the nation's largest health benefits company and its affiliated health plans, announced today the expansion of its innovative disease management program designed to help improve the care accessed by members in its affiliated health plans suffering from Bipolar Disorder, a disease that impacts over 5.7 million Americans each year. The Bipolar Condition Care Program will help facilitate treatment adherence and knowledge of their illness for members with Bipolar Disorder.

Administered through Health Management Corporation (HMC), a nationally recognized leader in integrated care and total health solutions and a subsidiary of WellPoint, the new program seeks to help members who suffer from Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic depression, achieve their optimal health through education and care management support. WellPoint affiliated health plans in Colorado and California initially piloted the Bipolar Condition Care Program, and as a result of their success, the program was rolled out to seven additional affiliated health plans in the fourth quarter of 2008 in Nevada, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Georgia.

The Bipolar Condition Care Program was created to help members with Bipolar Disorder access effective treatment. Medication adherence is a critical component in effectively treating Bipolar Disorder, impacting the member's short-term recovery and long-term stability as well as the overall cost of care associated with psychiatric and medical treatment.

"Bipolar Disorder is a treatable condition that can be managed through education, lifestyle changes, supportive therapy, and medication," said Joan Kennedy, president of HMC and senior vice president of WellPoint. "By giving members access to the tools and support they need to make informed health care and lifestyle choices, we are empowering members to take control of their health care needs and increase medication compliance, thereby helping to decrease hospitalizations, reduce cost of care and improve their overall quality of life."

Those who sign up for the voluntary program are offered a continuum of interventions ranging from education to close monitoring by a behavioral health clinician. The Bipolar Disease Management Program's proprietary tracking system mails educational information to members and physicians, manages staff refill reminder calls to members, and maintains the members' refill and case management history. The program uses daily pharmacy claims to identify members who are late in refilling their Bipolar medications. Care managers will also provide the support necessary to increase member adherence to a physician-prescribed treatment plan.

Members are identified for inclusion into the program through clinical reviews and pharmacy reports and are organized based on the severity of their condition. Members 18 years of age and older who have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and who fill a medication used to treat Bipolar Disorder are eligible for voluntary enrollment in the Bipolar Condition Care Program.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. and serves its members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.),Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at www.wellpoint.com.

About HMC:

Founded in 1983, HMC is a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) and one of the nation's largest and most experienced leaders in providing total health solutions for employers, health plans and government entities. HMC's innovative programs and services help people become better educated and more engaged in their health care, whether they're fit and healthy, at risk for developing a chronic condition or living with illness. With a fully integrated and population-based approach to health care that includes prevention, health and wellness, disease management and complex care, HMC is working to build healthier lives and communities. Visit HMC at http://www.choosehmc.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE WellPoint, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Healthbase Collaborates with WellPoint to Bring Affordable Medical Tourism Solutions
2. WellPoint to Hold Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Fourth Quarter Results on January 28, 2009
3. WellPoint Announces Collaborative Partnership to Expand Access to Health Care Provider Information
4. Access MediQuip and WellPoint Finalize First National Contract for Implantable Medical Devices
5. WellPoint Associates Pledge Record Amount to Community Organizations in 2009
6. WellPoint Announces Appointment of Andrew J. Lang as Senior Vice President of Application Development
7. Dr. Charles Kennedy, Vice President of Health Information Technology for WellPoint, Inc., to Present Today at The 4th Annual World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress (WHIT v.4.0)
8. WellPoint Announces Second Annual Innovation Event
9. WellPoint Congratulates President-Elect Barack Obama
10. WellPoint Awarded Prestigious International Marketing Award
11. WellPoint President and CEO Angela Braly Appears at the Norfolk Forum
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Two director-level employees of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of ... 2016 honorees. The award recognizes businesswomen who excel in their fields and who ... the MLTSS (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports) Program at Horizon NJ Health and Theresa ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... With over 60 percent of acute stroke survivors being left ... to aid in the rehabilitation process has steadily increased. Ekso Bionics had been working ... due to stroke. , Ekso Bionics has now received clearance from the U.S. Food ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... help educate the many who are unaware of the plight of aphasia. In ... run within the “Stroke Awareness” campaign. , The link between stroke and aphasia ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Aimed at nurses and employees in ... come courtesy of leaders in the nursing and health care industry. It also provides ... associations—namely Abilene Christian University. , As the nursing industry is coming out of ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports hinting at a ... to wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according to Rajeev Dhawan ... Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are of interest to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... , May 26, 2016 ... Associated With Both Cost Savings and Overall ... plc (LSE: BTG), an international specialist healthcare company, ... at the 21st Annual Meeting of ISPOR (International ... treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using yttrium-90 glass ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... 25, 2016 According to a ... (3D, 2D, 4D), by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Cosmeceutical/Plastic Surgery), ... (Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals/ Clinics) - Forecast to 2021", ... Animation Market for the forecast period of 2016 to ... Million by 2021 from USD 117.3 Million in 2016, ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016  According to Kalorama Information, ... billion in 2015.  Though these are challenging times ... opportunity for success for companies that remain optimistic ... of new growth prospects medical device companies spend ... and development (R&D) than do companies in other ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: