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September 16, 2007

Contact: Carl Graziano
Vice President, Strategic Communications
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DMAA Honors Corporate Leaders, Individuals
for Outstanding Achievement

LAS VEGAS—In presentations here today, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance honored four corporate and individual leaders in chronic disease care with the association's coveted annual awards for excellence.

During an afternoon presentation at its 9th Annual Disease Management Leadership Forum, DMAA presented 2007 Disease Management Leadership Awards to:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, for Outstanding Leadership in Emerging Health Needs. The award recognizes the health plan's innovative strategy, using interactive print and voice response technologies, to engage and educate members through a community-based, culturally relevant and language-appropriate message.

"Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida's Blueprint for Health program provides integrated care management programs and services that offer members a complete care support solution specifically designed around their life," said Dr. Richard Cassidy, vice president medical management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. "This program is rooted in cultural competency, health literacy and language preference, and effectively engages individuals within the context of their own culture."

  • WellPoint NextRx, for Outstanding Technology/Innovative Tool. WellPoint NextRx received the award for its Health Envelope™ Program, a Web-based health information and management solution that seeks to help reduce inappropriate medication use and help improve medication compliance and patient self-care.

"WellPoint NextRx is pleased to be recognized for the ability to be innovative and leverage technology to help improve the overall health of our customers," said Colleen Haines, staff vice president of clinical pharmacy services, WellPoint NextRx. "HealthEnvelope's dynamic, Web-based application offers valuable therapy and lifestyle management tools to help simplify and promote effective management of chronic conditions. As a result, we encourage our customers to be healthier, allowing them to live more productive lives."

  • Sue Jennings, PhD, for Outstanding Individual. Throughout her more than 20 years of health care work, Jennings has dedicated herself to raising quality, particularly for chronic disease care. She's recognized for her key contributions to development of DMAA consensus guidelines on outcomes measurement in chronic disease care.

"I am very honored to receive this award," Jennings said. "I am even more honored to have had the opportunity over the past few years to work with so many talented individuals who brought their experience, skills and commitment to excellence to DMAA's efforts to improve the evaluation of disease management programs."

  • Jan Berger, MD, for Outstanding Individual. Dr. Berger, a long-time proponent of chronic disease care, strategically led Caremark's disease management initiatives as they expanded to 21 National Committee for Quality Assurance-accredited programs.

"I am honored to receive a Leadership Award," she said. "We have reached a point where it has become necessary to look at health care with a critical eye. As a physician that has actively participated in health care for more than 25 years, it is exciting to work in health management, which offers a winning proposition for all involved. We do this by improving care quality and meeting the needs of individuals through education and support and collaboration with other health care entities, while also providing relief to a financially overburdened health care system."

DMAA President and CEO Tracey Moorhead praised today's award winners. "These companies and individuals demonstrate an exceptional level of leadership and innovation in population health improvement," she said. "Their contributions to enhancing health and the quality of care raise the bar for all stakeholders."

DMAA earlier this year solicited award nominations in a rigorous process that evaluated nominations against seven core criteria focusing on commitment, program design, implementation, innovation, outcomes-based orientation, scope and potential impact, and vision/leadership. Each award winner also met category-specific criteria.

Since its creation in 1999, DMAA's Leadership Awards Program has honored organizations and individuals in population health improvement annually. Although the awards have evolved over the years, their core purpose remains the same: to recognize outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and practice of chronic disease care.

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About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance
DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance convenes all stakeholders providing services along the care continuum toward the goal of population health improvement. These care continuum services include strategies such as health and wellness promotion, disease management and care coordination. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance promotes the role of population health improvement in raising the quality of care, improving health outcomes and reducing preventable health care costs for people with chronic conditions and those at risk for developing chronic conditions. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders, including health plans, disease management organizations, health information technology innovators, employers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals and researchers and academicians.

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