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AMGA announces chronic care grants

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 19, 2010

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Medical groups with chronic care management programs are invited to submit best practice case studies and apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the American Medical Group Foundation, according to a statement issued July 1 by the American Medical Group Assn.

The grants are available for expenses related to programs that work to improve care for patients with more than one chronic medical issue. Such programs can include strategies to identify early those at increased risk for multiple conditions. They also may work toward improving medication adherence, continuity of care and patient self-management, or reducing morbidity and mortality.

The grant program is being run in conjunction with Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. and is part of the AMGA's work toward helping institutions prepare for the implementation of health system reform legislation. The deadline for medical groups, academic practices, and integrated delivery systems is Aug. 13. Guidelines are available online (link).

Groups chosen for grants also will be invited to join an advisory panel and take part in a 12-month collaborative that will develop best practices.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/19/bibf0719.htm.

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