DM Update: Live from the Health Management Congress

Thursday, July 24th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

This week we’re reporting live from the 13th annual Health Management Congress in Orlando. Against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election, the congress’s opening speakers talked about the healthcare issues we won’t hear the candidates talking about — safety and security surrounding PHRs, dwindling numbers of PCPs and nurses, a lack of substantive research on how to change behavior and the impact of baby boomers on the healthcare system.

But in opening sessions and conversations with attendees, we’re hearing about some initiatives that can make a difference: a winning predictive modeling-health coaching model, a “virtual” medical home for the Medicaid population that successfully addresses the 20 percent with behavioral healthcare issues and a New Jersey health plan that will soon place caseworkers at employer sites as part of its “Case for Wellness” initiative.

Also in this edition, new research suggests a mother’s weight could have an effect on the weight of her child.

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