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February 1, 2009

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  • Unique model provides disease management to home care patients

    When the home health nurses at Little Rock, AR-based Baptist Health Home Health Network began observing that many of their patients had poorly managed chronic diseases and were not receiving evidence-based care, the network designed a new approach to delivering care for patients with chronic diseases.
  • Program helps employees learn to stay healthy

    An overweight nurse with diabetes who works for Little Rock, AR-based Baptist Health System summed up the key to the success of the 2020 Health Solutions disease management program: "Knowing that you are going to be looking at my blood sugar levels helps me be consistent in taking my medication and checking my blood sugar," she told her disease management nurse, Paula Evans, MSN, RN, CCM, CS.
  • Program cuts medication costs for hep C patients

    In the first year of a disease management program to promote effective treatment for hepatitis C, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was able to cut medication costs for the treatment of the disease by $1.63 million.
  • Faith-based programs help Medicaid members

    African-American women with diabetes showed significant health improvements after participating in Keystone Mercy Health Plan's "40-Day Journey," a faith-based educational program at local churches that emphasizes nutrition, exercise, medication compliance, and water intake.
  • Capture patients' attention with a photonovela

    People in health education are beginning to use a literature genre called a photonovela. This genre tells a picture story and is designed like a comic book with text in bubbles to indicate who is speaking.
  • Photonovela to educate on nutrition

    A photonovela became a master's project for Laura Nimmon, MA, a doctoral fellow with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Photonovela to be introduced to Appalachia

    A photonovela is part of the diabetes tool kit Sharon A. Denham, RN, DSN, professor of nursing at Ohio University School of Nursing in Athens and director of the Appalachian Rural Health Institute, is creating for use in the Appalachian region. It will address family support for patients with diabetes.