American Healthways Signs Three-Year Agreement With WakeMed for Hospital-Based Diabetes Services

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Healthways, Inc.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 American Healthways, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMHC) today announced a new three-year
 agreement to provide its diabetes healthways(SM) program to Raleigh, NC-based
 WakeMed.
     "WakeMed is committed to providing the highest quality of care for its
 patients with diabetes and has chosen the diabetes healthways(SM) program
 because of its demonstrated ability to improve overall clinical care and
 outcomes for our patients while managing costs," said Robert Morrell, M.D.,
 medical director of WakeMed.  "We have partnered with American Healthways to
 help move to the forefront of diabetes care at a time when the number of
 people with this chronic disease is increasing at alarming rates."
     Diabetes prevalence nationally has risen dramatically, increasing
 33 percent over the last decade, according to a recent study from the Centers
 for Disease Control.  In North Carolina specifically, prevalence has risen 18
 percent.
     The diabetes healthways(SM) for hospitals is a comprehensive program that
 helps physicians and nurses manage inpatients and outpatients with diabetes.
 This includes physician support services, case management, professional and
 clinical staff education, clinical interventions, and patient education.  The
 program's inpatient component uniquely enables hospitals to address the
 special needs of patients with diabetes, regardless of their reason for
 admission.  The program's outpatient component is designed to help individuals
 with diabetes develop and practice the self-management skills that will
 improve their health status and quality of life and reduce the risk of
 diabetes-related complications.  This coordinated system reflects
 evidenced-based standards of care and current best practices.
     "We are delighted to work with this outstanding health system to help
 further the already excellent care they provide to the community," said Thomas
 G. Cigarran, chairman and chief executive officer of American Healthways, Inc.
 "Diabetes is an extremely costly disease in both human and financial terms.
 Our diabetes healthways(SM) program helps hospitals improve clinical and
 financial outcomes, benefiting patients, physicians and hospitals alike."
 Nashville-based American Healthways ( www.americanhealthways.com ) is the
 nation's leading provider of specialized, comprehensive disease management
 services to health plans, physicians, and hospitals.  Through its product
 lines -- diabetes healthways(SM), cardiac healthways(SM), respiratory
 healthways(SM), and myhealthways(SM) -- the Company provides disease and care
 management programs to health plans with members in all 50 states, the
 District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  The Company has contracts to serve
 more than 325,000 health plan equivalent lives.  The Company's diabetes
 healthways(SM) program for hospitals is used by hospitals and health systems
 in over 70 different markets, serving more than 100,000 people with diabetes
 each year.
     On the forefront of medical technology and care, WakeMed is a 746-bed,
 private, not-for-profit health care system based in Raleigh, NC and serving
 eastern North Carolina.  Committed to caring, its team of 4,900 nurses,
 technologists and medical support staff works with more than 800 affiliated
 physicians using the most advanced technologies and facilities available to
 ensure the finest in health care.
 
 

SOURCE American Healthways, Inc.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 American Healthways, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMHC) today announced a new three-year
 agreement to provide its diabetes healthways(SM) program to Raleigh, NC-based
 WakeMed.
     "WakeMed is committed to providing the highest quality of care for its
 patients with diabetes and has chosen the diabetes healthways(SM) program
 because of its demonstrated ability to improve overall clinical care and
 outcomes for our patients while managing costs," said Robert Morrell, M.D.,
 medical director of WakeMed.  "We have partnered with American Healthways to
 help move to the forefront of diabetes care at a time when the number of
 people with this chronic disease is increasing at alarming rates."
     Diabetes prevalence nationally has risen dramatically, increasing
 33 percent over the last decade, according to a recent study from the Centers
 for Disease Control.  In North Carolina specifically, prevalence has risen 18
 percent.
     The diabetes healthways(SM) for hospitals is a comprehensive program that
 helps physicians and nurses manage inpatients and outpatients with diabetes.
 This includes physician support services, case management, professional and
 clinical staff education, clinical interventions, and patient education.  The
 program's inpatient component uniquely enables hospitals to address the
 special needs of patients with diabetes, regardless of their reason for
 admission.  The program's outpatient component is designed to help individuals
 with diabetes develop and practice the self-management skills that will
 improve their health status and quality of life and reduce the risk of
 diabetes-related complications.  This coordinated system reflects
 evidenced-based standards of care and current best practices.
     "We are delighted to work with this outstanding health system to help
 further the already excellent care they provide to the community," said Thomas
 G. Cigarran, chairman and chief executive officer of American Healthways, Inc.
 "Diabetes is an extremely costly disease in both human and financial terms.
 Our diabetes healthways(SM) program helps hospitals improve clinical and
 financial outcomes, benefiting patients, physicians and hospitals alike."
 Nashville-based American Healthways ( www.americanhealthways.com ) is the
 nation's leading provider of specialized, comprehensive disease management
 services to health plans, physicians, and hospitals.  Through its product
 lines -- diabetes healthways(SM), cardiac healthways(SM), respiratory
 healthways(SM), and myhealthways(SM) -- the Company provides disease and care
 management programs to health plans with members in all 50 states, the
 District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  The Company has contracts to serve
 more than 325,000 health plan equivalent lives.  The Company's diabetes
 healthways(SM) program for hospitals is used by hospitals and health systems
 in over 70 different markets, serving more than 100,000 people with diabetes
 each year.
     On the forefront of medical technology and care, WakeMed is a 746-bed,
 private, not-for-profit health care system based in Raleigh, NC and serving
 eastern North Carolina.  Committed to caring, its team of 4,900 nurses,
 technologists and medical support staff works with more than 800 affiliated
 physicians using the most advanced technologies and facilities available to
 ensure the finest in health care.
 
 SOURCE  American Healthways, Inc.