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May 11, 2009

Contact: Carl Graziano
Vice President, Strategic Communications
(202) 737-5781

DMAA Applauds Recognition of Care Coordination, Chronic Disease Management

Statement attributable to:
Tracey Moorhead
President and Chief Executive Officer, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance

"DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance applauds today's commitment by leading health care organizations to reduce the annual growth rate in health care expenditures and bring all stakeholders together toward this goal. DMAA especially appreciates their recognition of the crucial role care coordination and chronic disease prevention and management play in lowering health care costs and improving outcomes and care quality.

"DMAA has long championed health promotion, disease prevention and care management for at-risk and chronically ill individuals as ways to achieve better health and cost savings. Like the signers of today's letter to the president, DMAA believes firmly in care based on the best available evidence and practices to improve the overall health of populations.

"DMAA members stand ready to assist in the transformation to a health care system focused proactively on wellness and health promotion. Their rich experience fighting chronic disease and promoting good health can contribute much to the reform process."

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About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance
DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance convenes all stakeholders providing services along the care continuum toward the goal of population health improvement. These care continuum services include strategies such as health and wellness promotion, disease management, and care coordination. DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance promotes the role of population health improvement in raising the quality of care, improving health outcomes and reducing preventable health care costs for individuals with chronic conditions and those at risk for developing chronic conditions. DMAA's activities in support of these efforts include advocacy, research and the promotion of best practices in care management.

DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 corporate and individual stakeholders—including wellness, disease and care management organizations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and benefit managers, health information technology innovators, biotechnology innovators, employers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, and researchers and academicians. Visit DMAA on the Web at www.dmaa.org.

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