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Chronic disease programs get more funding

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 12, 2010

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The Dept. of Health and Human Services has awarded $27 million in grants to help older Americans with chronic diseases learn how to manage their conditions better and take more control over their health.

The disease self-management program, funded with economic stimulus money, will allow 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia to build statewide delivery systems and develop work forces to administer programs to help older adults with chronic diseases. The grants were announced March 30.

Additionally, the Administration on Aging -- which is administering the grants -- will collaborate with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pilot-test a quality assurance process in one state that will track Medicare claims data for chronic disease self-management program participants and compare them with data for nonparticipants.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/04/12/gvbf0412.htm.

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