Consumers to Be Focal Point at Diabetes Meeting for Policymakers, Health Plans, and Pharma

  Consumers to Be Focal Point at Diabetes Meeting for Policymakers, Health
  Plans, and Pharma

 Patient-Centered Diabetes Care: Future Directions Gathers June 20 in Chicago

Business Wire

PLAINSBORO, N.J. -- June 20, 2013

The American Journal of Managed Care and Precision Health Economics will hold
a one-day meeting to promote better partnerships among all partners involved
in diabetes management – physicians, health plan leaders, policymakers, and
the creators of life-saving medicines.

The session, Patient-Centered Diabetes Care: Future Directions, will be held
today at the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60^th St., Chicago,
from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The event takes place one day before the annual meeting of the American
Diabetes Association in Chicago. “We wanted to make it convenient for leaders
in diabetes care to have the most important discussion we must have: How do we
take all we are learning about this epidemic and use it to improve patient
care?” said Brian Haug, president of Intellisphere LLC, which publishes The
American Journal of Managed Care and its indexed news publication,
Evidence-Based Diabetes Management.

The keynote speaker will be Anne Peters, MD, CDE, and Director of the Clinical
Diabetes Program at the University of Southern California. Panel discussions
will address tailoring therapies to the right patients, how patient behavior
affects the quality of care and outcomes, and how to address issues of patient
adherence, which in diabetes care can refer to whether patients follow
doctors’ instructions to take medicine, stay on a diet, or maintain proper
foot or eye care.

Dr. Deneen Vojta, senior vice president for Business Initiatives and Clinical
Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, will close the program by addressing how to
cultivate relationships between health plans and insurers – the entities that
pay for care – and pharmaceutical companies, which develop the medicines that
can control symptoms and keep diabetes patients out of the hospital.

In March, AJMC launched its second indexed news publication, Evidence-Based
Diabetes Management, in response to the extraordinary need for information
forum to be shared by physicians, health plans, pharmaceutical leaders and
policymakers. Earlier this year, the ADA announced results of a study that
showed diabetes cost the nation $245 billion in 2012, a 41 percent jump from
2007.

“When the ADA announced the rise in the financial and human toll that diabetes
takes from our economy and from the lives of everyday Americans, it was
alarming, but sadly, not entirely surprising,” Haug said. “Because we are in
close touch with the medical community and have been for nearly two decades,
we were already responding to this crisis. This week’s meeting is a
continuation of that response.”

Members of the press are invited but are encouraged to register in advance.
For a PDF of the full day’s schedule, please see
http://www.ajmc.com/meetings/diabetes. To follow this event on Twitter, see
#PCDC13.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MANAGED CARE

The American Journal of Managed Care, founded in 1995, is an independent,
peer-reviewed publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to
managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other healthcare
professionals. Its aim is to stimulate scientific communication in the
ever-evolving field of managed care. Based in Plainsboro, N.J., AJMC addresses
a broad range of issues relevant to clinical decision making in a
cost-constrained environment and examines the impact of clinical, management,
and policy interventions and programs on healthcare and economic outcomes. The
Journal is mailed to nearly 49,000 clinical decision makers in managed care,
including physicians, hospital directors, and medical / pharmacy / formulary
directors at managed care organizations.

ABOUT PRECISION HEALTH ECONOMICS

Academic health economists from leading research universities founded
Precision Health Economics in 2005 with a dual mission: to develop high-value
solutions for clients in the health care industry, using sophisticated
data-driven analysis tailored to each client’s strategic needs; and to improve
public policy through insightful, issue-driven research. Since then, PHE has
grown into a firm with dozens of professionals and academic affiliates,
serving an array of global health care clients on a range of commercial and
policy issues. PHE’s academic roots imbue our firm with creativity, rigor, and
intellectual integrity, all of which seamlessly combine with the practicality
and professionalism of our experienced consultants. Today, PHE has offices in
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston.

Contact:

The American Journal of Managed Care
Nicole Beagin, 609-716-777 x131
nbeagin@ajmc.com