Monday, June 29, 2009

News About the DMAA Meeting: Save Money by Registering Early and Why Not Apply for an Award?

Psst! Want to save some serious coin and learn about the latest real world advances in care management, prevention and wellness? You may want to invest in your or your company's intellectual capital by going to what is, hands down, the premier national educational meeting on care management, 'bending' the insurance trend and reconciling clinical outcomes with reductions in claims expense. You'll get to see the industry's leaders in action, make new friendships, renew old acquaintances and obtain critical policy and competitive insights.

As you are reading this, you have only four days to not only save $400 by registering early for The Forum 09, the 11th annual meeting of the DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, but there is an additional $50 discount here if you do it on-line. Now THAT's a return on investment.

The Forum 09 will feature expert keynotes on health policy and trends, including Mark D. McClellan, MD, former Medicare and FDA administrator and director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform; Michael J. Barry, MD, director, Health Services Research Program and chief of the General Medicine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and medical director, John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation; and David K. Nace, MD, vice president, clinical development, McKesson Health Solutions and co-chair, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative Center for e-Health Information Adoption and Exchange. DMAA also offers a terrific selection of educational sessions, including a new Pacesetters Policy Issues series and tracks on physicians and collaborative models, outcomes measurement, obesity and other timely topics. Last but not least, you'll get the walk up and actually meet the Disease Management Care Blog.

What's more, you have eleven days to throw you or your company's hat into the ring for a coveted DMAA annual award. You may think you can't compete against the big boys, but the DMAA has seen plenty of examples of smaller novel initiatives capture the attention of the awards committee.

DMAA will accept nominations for its annual industry awards through 8 p.m. Eastern Time, July 10, through its online nomination system here. DMAA this year expands its new Quality Awards program to three categories: Most Innovative Program Design or Delivery, Greatest Impact on Health and Greatest Impact on Satisfaction. Combined with the association's annual Leadership Awards, you have 10 awards categories from which to choose. Not only will you be featured at the Forum but the DMCB may describe your winning entry in a future post. Right after the one where it describes how the DMAA should create an 11th award category for 'best blog.'

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