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February 18, 2010

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

DMAA Webinars Explore Evaluation of Wellness, Disease Management Outcomes

WASHINGTON, DC - DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance has announced a series of Webcasts to explore in depth the methodological and measures set recommendations of its Outcomes Guidelines Report, a fourth volume of which the association made publicly available on its Web site last fall.

The March 4 and 10 Webinars will feature DMAA and industry leaders recognized for their expertise in the evaluation of clinical and financial outcomes in wellness, disease management and population health programs.

Part I of the Webinar series, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time March 4, will focus on the guidelines' methodological recommendations, their application to real-world programs and importance to the industry. Presenters include David Veroff, MPP, DMAA Outcomes Committee Chair and Vice President, Evaluation Services, Health Dialog; and Soeren Mattke, MD, DSc, MPH, Managing Director, RAND Health Advisory.

Part II of the series, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time March 10, will highlight how the report's measures sets can be used to assess program impact and improve quality. Presenters include Sue Jennings, PhD, Past-Chair, DMAA Outcomes Committee; Benjamin N. Hamlin, MPH, Assistant Director, Performance Measurement, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA); and Raena Grant, Assistant Vice President, Product Development, NCQA.

The DMAA Outcomes Guidelines Report has been widely praised for its industry consensus, evidence-based approach to evaluating program outcomes. DMAA released a first volume of the report in 2006 and has annually expanded and updated the document. More than 500 organizations have downloaded a copy of the Volume 4 Report, which incorporates all the recommendations of the previous three volumes and adds new measures and recommendations for medication adherence, wellness program evaluation and evaluation of mature programs.

Event details and registration links for the Webinars are available on the DMAA Web site, at http://www.dmaa.org/education_webinar_outcomes.asp. Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to DMAA at dmaa@dmaa.org or (202) 737-5980.

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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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