SOURCE: International Disease Management Alliance

October 10, 2005 09:00 ET

IDMA [International Disease Management Alliance] Adds Matrix Medical Network as a Strategic Solutions Partner

FLEMINGTON, NJ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2005 -- IDMA's founder and Executive Director, Warren E. Todd, announced the addition of Matrix Medical Network (Matrix) as a Strategic Solutions Partner. IDMA Strategic Solutions partners are organizations that support IDMA's mission of enhancing the management of chronic disease around the world.

Notes Mr. Todd, "The success of the new Medicare Chronic Care Improvement Programs (CCIP) being piloted in nine markets in the United States will require awardees to apply disease management (DM) strategies to the Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) segment of the market. Matrix has demonstrated outstanding success with its physician-centric program in reducing re-hospitalization of nursing facility patients."

Adds Matrix's president, Michael Quilty, "Matrix is pleased to continue its support of Mr. Todd's pioneering mission of raising the bar for disease management in the US and around the globe. As DM is now being adopted by the public sector, Medicare and Medicaid in the US, we will need to adapt DM programs to meet the unique needs of these new populations."

Matrix Medical Network -- Description of Services

Matrix Medical Network provides physician-led post-acute management services to health plans. Matrix utilizes employed physicians who practice full-time in the skilled nursing facility setting. Essentially, Matrix physicians are "hospitalists" for post-acute care patients.

Matrix physicians round in the SNF during normal working hours and work closely with the SNF staff and health plan case management to ensure optimal care of members. They can be reached after hours through the Matrix call center. Matrix physicians receive extensive training and support in managing SNF members, and participate in the Matrix quality assurance program.

Matrix's focus on optimal post-acute care results in improved quality of care, increased member and family satisfaction, and reduced cost. Cost reductions are achieved by reducing inappropriate hospital re-admissions, ensuring proper length of stay, and optimally managing other costs such as pharmacy, testing, and consultations.

Attributes of the Matrix Program

High impact

--  Re-hospitalization rates are the highest avoidable cost in SNF care,
    and Matrix physicians can typically reduce re-hospitalization rates by 10-
    30%, as well as SNF LOS itself
--  Program results can be measured 90 days with data already gathered by
    health plan
Straightforward implementation
--  The program is voluntary to members and SNFs
--  The Matrix program is a complement to -- not a replacement for --
    regular medical management department (i.e. a "carve-in")
--  Case finding is not difficult since the members present at the SNF
--  Member benefits changes are not required and full roll-out takes
    months, not years
Solid return on investment (ROI)
--  Low program investment coupled with reduced re-hospitalizations
    results in high ROI
--  Matrix is willing to put a portion of its fees at risk based upon
    program performance
Matrix has provided post-acute services to over 20,000 SNF patients since 2001 and today operates in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. In December 2004, Matrix signed a multi-year contract with Oxford-United Health Plans to provide services to their SNF members in metro New York. Recently, Matrix was also selected by McKesson Health Solutions for their Chronic Care Improvement Program (CCIP) in Mississippi.

Matrix was also selected as one of "The Best Disease Management Ideas for 2005" and featured in the August issue of Managed Care Magazine -- see Trend # 8 at

DMAA Conference -- For attendees of the October 16-18th, 2005 Leadership Forum, more information about Matrix can be obtained at Booth # 307 or at

IDMA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together the pioneers in disease management from around the world to insure that different models of disease management are nurtured and information shared. See for more information.

Contact Information

    Gayle Murray
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    Marcia Naveh, MD, FACP
    Medical Director
    Matrix Medical Network
    866-662-4560 ext. 303
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