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MCIC Press Release

February 8, 2005

Hot Off The Press

New Directions in Disease Management Initiatives

MANASQUAN, NJ, February 8, 2005 – “New Directions in Disease Management Initiatives,” a new executive-level tele-briefing has been scheduled by the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC) to explore the use of disease management to improve overall member health status and have an impact on health costs.

The 90-minute live tele-briefing will be held Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time and will focus on new health plan initiatives’ progress in expanding their disease management efforts to plan members.

Early DM programs focused primarily on such illnesses as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. But over the past few years, some DM providers have branched out into offering DM programs for rare and sometimes even fatal conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, ALS and sickle cell anemia.

“New Directions in Disease Management Initiatives” expert panelists, Michael King, Senior Vice President, Business Development, American Healthways and Christobel E. Selecky, President, Disease Management Association of America, will address topics including:

  • Innovative development in DM.
  • Key features of innovative DM programs.
  • Insight into enrolling health plans members for care enhancement programs.
  • Treatment interventions.
  • Reaching the target populations.
  • How success is measured.
  • Impact on outcomes and measures.
  • Barriers to overcome.
  • Lessons learned.

“Disease management is an exciting opportunity to significantly improve the care delivered to Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic conditions,” said Dennis Smith, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “It uses the best of managed care techniques of coordinating care that may not have been available in a fee-for-services delivery system.”

According to Dr. James W. Snyder, formerly of VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, N.V., “Managed care organizations should rethink their approach to disease management and support innovations that bring the requirements of chronic disease management to the physician’s office.”

How To Register

To register for “New Directions in Disease Management Initiatives,” visit, call (800) 516-4343 or e-mail

Cost of the conference is $227 per site for those who register on or before Feb. 18 and $277 after the early bird deadline. A CD-ROM will also be available for purchase for those unable to attend the live conference. For further details and other pricing options, visit

Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F4, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100,

Sales, marketing or business development executives may also call for more information, 1-800-516-4343.

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