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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2005

Contact: Carl Graziano
Director, Strategic Communications
(202) 737-5781
cgraziano@carecontinuum.org

DMAA Recognizes Excellence in Disease Management

SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) announced the recipients of its 7th Annual Recognizing Excellence Awards Program on October 17th at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, CA.

DMAA’s Recognizing Excellence Awards Program was created in 1999 to celebrate achievement and excellence in the disease management community by recognizing those individuals and organizations that are contributing to its science.

"DMAA congratulates all of the award recipients who truly exemplify the best in the DM community. It is through their hard work and dedication that DM successfully improves the lives of the chronically ill," said Tracey Moorhead, DMAA’s Executive Director.

The 2005 Recognizing Excellence Award Winners were:

—The Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanent (KP-CMI), Best Application of Behavioral Change Principles to DM, for instituting innovative, behavioral change programs designed for weight management.

—APS Healthcare, McKesson Health Solutions Award for Best Government DM Program, for "Healthy Together," a program begun in Wyoming in 2004 to serve the state’s 70,000 Medicaid clients.

—Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Matria Healthcare Award For Employer-Based Leadership, for the "Manage Your Health" DM program.

—Optima Health (Sentara Healthcare), Health Management Corporation (HMC) Award for Best Provider Engagement Initiative, for enhancing the ability of primary care offices to educate and coach patients on managing Type 2 diabetes.

—American Healthways, Comprehensive DM Company Leadership Award. A DM leader since its inception over 23 years ago, American Healthways manages over 1.6 million lives and is the nation’s largest provider of specialized, comprehensives disease management, care enhancement and high-risk health management services.

—CIGNA Health Care, Best Health Plan/MCO DM Leadership Award, for the Well Aware DM program. Well Aware is the nation’s largest population-based DM program with enrollment in asthma, diabetes, cardiac care, low back pain, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

—Pfizer Health Solutions Award for Best Journal Article on DM, presented this year to Gregory Berg, PhD, Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, and Alan Jackson, PhD for their article, "A Matched-Cohort Study of Health Services Utilization and Financial Outcomes for a Heart Failure Disease Management Program in Elderly Patients," published in the October 2004 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Based in Washington, DC, the Disease Management Association of America is a nonprofit, voluntary membership organization, founded in March of 1999, which represents all stakeholders in the disease management community. For more information, please visit www.dmaa.org.

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