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Asthma Disease Management: Strategies, Trends and ROI, Live Audio Conference on CD-ROM
Asthma Disease Management: Strategies, Trends and ROI, Live Audio Conference on CD-ROM
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Asthma Disease Management: Strategies, Trends and ROI, an October 27th audio conference on CD-ROM, covers in detail the essential elements of an asthma disease management program.

Controlling asthma expenses in a patient population can have a tremendous impact on containing healthcare costs since asthma can result in high-cost hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Asthma can be controlled and its costs contained with an organized treatment plan, including accurate and early diagnosis, expert professional care, an educated patient who participates in the treatment, and the support services necessary to help the patient achieve long-term control of the disease.

During this 90-minute audio conference on CD-ROM, your speakers provide an in-depth look at the asthma disease management programs within their organization and the impact these programs have had on their bottom line.

Our expert panel includes:

  • Erika Jones, Asthma Disease Manager, Children's Mercy Hospital
  • James Woodburn, MD, MS, Corporate Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

You'll get details on:

  • Key features of an asthma disease management program;
  • Expected ROI for asthma programs;
  • Patient compliance;
  • Getting physician buy-in and participation;
  • State of the art therapies; and
  • The role of technology in asthma disease management.

Here's what participants said about the live program:

"Very practical steps backed by positive outcomes," said Jane Miller, Manager, Disease Management with HealthPlus of Michigan

"I can use bits and pieces from each program in the work that I do," said Nichole Weedon, a social worker with Durham Community Health Network

"Informative about innovative programs being developed to control asthma costs," according to a marketing analyst with a pharmaceutical services company

"This audio conference is a great teaching tool," said Angela Robinson, a social worker with Community Care of North Carolina

You can "attend" this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings Ė no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. Itís so convenient! Invite your staff members to listen to the CD-ROM.

Who Will Benefit from this audio-conference?

CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health plan executives, care management nurses, business development and strategic planning directors.

About our Panelists:

Erika Jones
Erika Jones, RN, BSN, is the director of health management at Children's Mercy Hospital. She specializes in academic, clinical, evidence based disease management.

Ms. Jones wrote and implemented a RWJ funded grant for an inner city, Medicaid managed care company. The outcomes from this 3 year program are published. She is an innovative leader of a multi disciplinary team. She speaks nationally, regionally and locally.

Ms. Jones also holds an office at the AAAAI allied health division. She is an expert in health delivery systems and her goal is to cross the quality chasam to get to better health care delivery for our nation. She is an agent of change and values the patient's right to have safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable and patient centered care. Ms. Jones firmly believes the patients deserve quality care and need advocates, which she is.

James Woodburn, M.D., M.S.
Dr. James "Woody" Woodburn is the Medical Director, National Accounts and the Corporate Medical Director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Dr. Woodburn works with large national employers to implement health improvement activities and oversees the clinical components of the disease management program that impacts 130,000 chronically ill members. He has served as the Chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Associationís National Medical Management Forum, the largest group of managed care physician and health care professionals in the U.S. He has also worked in specialty care networks such as alternative and complementary medicine, cardiac, chiropractic, and occupational and workerís compensation issues.

Dr. Woodburn works with physician and health care groups such as the Minnesota Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology to increase communication and develop constructive solutions to health care problems. He also helped lead the development of Options Blue, an innovative health plan product that provides members with resources to self-direct their health care spending and treatment options.

Dr. Woodburn trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and has engineering degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering. He completed his medical residency and academic fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Publication Date: October 2004
Number of Pages: 90 minutes of audio on CD-ROM
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