NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“Control Your Heart for the Future,” a program developed by Delaware Physicians Care in collaboration with Christiana Care Visiting Nurse Association (CCVNA), has won a national award for innovation from Medicaid Health Plans of America. The award recognizes the program as an “overall best practice of Medicaid health plans in the industry for 2012-2013” and is one of six national awards. This award was the only one presented in the innovation category of the MHPA 2013 Best Practices Awards.
The program helps Delaware Physicians Care members who have congestive heart failure (CHF) to improve their quality of life by effectively managing their condition through education, self-monitoring, medication management and efforts to address their socio-economic needs. Members agree to participate in the program, receiving tele-monitoring services that recognize trends in vital signs that signal when CHF conditions are getting worse. When such signs occur, CCVNA nurses intervene, working with physicians to help members avoid in-patient hospital stays and trips to the emergency room.
“We have been able to show that we can significantly improve members’ sense of well-being, improve follow-up to physicians’ offices, reduce inappropriate use of the emergency room and, subsequently, reduce the number of repeat hospital admissions,” said Robert White, CEO of the plan.
Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) is the leading national trade association solely focused on representing the universe of Medicaid health plans. Specifically, MHPA works on the behalf of over 120 for-profit and non-profit member health plans that serve over 15 million lives. MHPA provides advocacy, research and organized forums that support the development of policy solutions to enhance the delivery of quality health care to Americans in need. For more information, visit Medicaid Health Plans of America at http://www.mhpa.org.
About Delaware Physicians Care
Delaware Physicians Care is an Aetna (NYSE: AET) Medicaid plan, and a contracted managed care organization with the State of Delaware. Currently serving 119,000 members with a network of 5,000 providers, the plan has been providing Delawareans with coverage since 2004. Visit http://www.delawarephysicianscare.com/.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
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