August 22, 2008, Newsletter Issue #168: Medicare Health Support Programs and Diabetes

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Section 721 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 authorized development and testing of a chronic care improvement program called Medicare Health Support.

The goal is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for people living with multiple chronic illnesses, including persons with diabetes. The program helps participants follow their physicians' treatment plans and get the medical care necessary to reduce health risks, since chronic health conditions are a leading cause of illness, disability and death among those receiving Medicare benefits.

Medicare Health Support will help diabetics keep track of your medical treatments, and will provide you with education and materials to help follow your doctor's plan of care to aid you in staying healthy.

Currently, the participating states include: Oklahoma (LifeMasters Support SelfCare, Inc), Pennsylvania (Health Dialog Services Corp), Washington, DC (American Healthways, Inc), Michigan (McKesson Health Solutions,LLC), Georgia (CIGNA HealthCare) and Florida (Green Ribbon Health).

If you are interested in participating in Phase I studies of the Chronic Care Improvement Program, talk to your provider or contact one of the agencies listed above.

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