New DSM program tackles COPD

Monday, March 31, 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - Health Management Corp. (HMC) recently announced it has launched a comprehensive disease management program addressing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

The new program is aimed at improving the health outcome of COPD patients and addressing the high associated health care expenses related to the disease. In addition, it will focus on smoking cessation, home oxygen therapy, and optimizing physician-prescribed medication. The launch of the new program provides a timely solution for health plans and employers facing escalating expenses related to this debilitating chronic condition, according to HMC. HME

“COPD can be mitigated and controlled through the proven interventions and effective behavior change methods HMC uses in all its care management programs,” said HMC Medical Director Dr. Robert Kolock. “This program has the potential to make a big difference in the quality of like for thousands of people.”

HMC currently serves more than 370,000 participants across America with effective care management programs for asthma, diabetes, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and maternity. HME