New Book Focuses on How Wellness and DM Programs Are Helped — or Hindered — by the Health Reform Law
Atlantic Information Services, Inc. (AIS) - April 11, 2011 - Washington, DC

The health reform law created major opportunities for disease management and wellness programs. Disease Management and Wellness in the Post-Reform Era, the newest book from the publisher of industry-leading newsletters AIS’s Health Reform Week and Health Plan Week, provides guidance on navigating the new hurdles to implementation.

Co-edited by Al Lewis of the Disease Management Purchasing Consortium and AIS’s Executive Editor Jill Brown, with a foreword by David Nash, M.D., of Jefferson School of Population Health, the book charts the rapidly changing course care management and health promotion programs will take over the next several years, as they adjust to reform-law requirements and new tools like social marketing websites. See publication details at

With chapters on health reform, medical homes, wellness incentives, behavior change, social media, outcomes measurement, behavioral economics, coordinated care, build-versus-buy decisions, building internal DM programs, improving Medicare star quality ratings and more, Disease Management and Wellness in the Post-Reform Era compiles perspectives from industry experts to answer questions such as:

  • Will medical homes be able to prevent enough utilization to offset the increase in reimbursement to providers?

  • How will health plans have to certify that quality improvement activities included in their medical loss ratio calculations actually show measureable results?

  • How can employers promote a culture of health in the workplace?

  • How much will the increased incentives allowed under the reform law boost employee participation in wellness programs?

  • What are six lessons learned in implementing wellness programs in health plans?

  • How can care management programs harness the social networking movement?

  • How can Medicare Advantage plans use disease management programs to improve performance on CMS’s Star Quality Ratings program?

See the complete table of contents and the full list of authors at .

Along with a new focus on how wellness and disease management programs are helped — or hindered — by the health reform law, Disease Management and Wellness in the Post-Reform Era also brings expert insight into DM’s basic building blocks, including:

  • Integrating disease management and wellness programs

  • Assessing the impact of care coordination

  • Measuring disease management outcomes

  • Using health behavioral economics to optimize health decisions

  • Deciding whether to build or buy disease management programs

  • Implementing a severity-adjustment documentation and coding program for Medicare Advantage plans

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