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Jacobs Institute of Womens Health and the American Association of Health Plans Publish Womens Health Recommendations Report

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March 1, 2000, Washington, DC The Jacobs Institute of Womens Health and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) have co-published Womens Health and Managed Care: Opportunities for Action, A Report of Recommendations from the National Summit on Womens Health and Managed Care. The Report offers health plans and clinicians ideas and strategies for improving services to women.

The Report devotes a chapter to each of the following areas of womens health: primary and preventive care, reproductive health, mental health, and chronic health conditions and the final chapter addresses issues of quality. Each chapter addresses specific issues, such as recommended levels of preventive care, and proposes solutions and potential partners that may assist health plans in providing women optimum care. Additional resources are also listed at the end of each chapter.

"Women are an important constituency in every plan. As an association, we try to provide our members with the latest information on best practices in a variety of different areas. This Report is just one example," said Carmella Bocchino, AAHP Vice President.

"The Jacobs Institute has been studying opportunities and challenges to womens health in managed care for more than three years. The suggestions in this Report were gathered from that work and refined by managed care leaders themselves at a summit meeting last year. Thats how we know theyll work," noted Martha Romans, Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute.

The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, practice, and understanding of women's health. Previous reports by the Jacobs Institute on womens health include a series of eight briefing papers called Insights and various commissioned papers that were published in Womens Health Issues. Members of the Jacobs Institute include health care providers, researchers, policy makers, and advocates with the common goal of improving the health status of women.

The American Association of Health Plans represents more than 1,000 HMOs, PPOs and other network-based plans. AAHP's member companies are dedicated to a philosophy of health care that puts patients first; together they care for close to 140 million Americans nationwide. Also available from AAHP are a series of five monographs describing innovative best practices in womens health among health plans in obstetrical pregnancy care, domestic violence, midlife health issues, breast cancer, and osteoporosis.

The Report was supported by The Commonwealth Fund, CIGNA HealthCare, Eli Lilly and Company, Merck & Co., Inc., and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. For more information about the Report, contact Emily Schifrin, Project Director, at (202) 863-1633 or . To order the Report, click here.

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For Immediate Release