Population Health Care Management Solutions from Healthways Exclusively Endorsed by the American Hospital Association

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY), the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions, today reported that the American Hospital Association (AHA) has exclusively endorsed Population Health Care Management Solutions from Healthways. AHA Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the AHA, awards the AHA Endorsement to products and services that help member hospitals and health care organizations achieve operational excellence. Following a proprietary due diligence process, Healthways Care Transitions Solution™ was selected for its ability to help hospitals coordinate the high-quality care needed to improve health outcomes for the populations they serve.

As health care organizations continue their transformation toward providing value- and outcomes-based care, they are striving to achieve health care’s “Triple Aim”: improving the health of the population, enhancing the experience and outcomes of the patient, and reducing the per capita cost of care.(1)

“Healthways has been improving the care and outcomes of patients before, during and after hospitalization for more than three decades. We found that Healthways’ people have a genuine passion for advancing the well-being of all community members. For them, it is simply the right thing to do,” said Anthony J. Burke, senior vice president, American Hospital Association and president & CEO, AHA Solutions, Inc. “In addition, the Healthways solution delivers proven effectiveness. Its pilot study, for example, showed a year-to-year 44 percent reduction in self-pay readmissions.”

The Healthways solution employs best practices from several widely recognized care transition models, a proprietary clinical technology platform and highly trained professionals to support interdisciplinary management of the patient across transitions of care. This coordinated, comprehensive and scalable support can help improve care delivery, enhance health outcomes, reduce avoidable hospital readmissions and increase patient and provider satisfaction.

“Hospital and healthcare system leaders rely on solutions that meet and exceed the American Hospital Association’s criteria for excellence. As the only readmission avoidance program endorsed by the AHA, Healthways Care Transitions Solution combines the best evidence with key data to target the right population with a tailored message, delivered by highly qualified professionals,” said Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways president and chief executive officer. “This endorsement by the AHA provides expert third-party confirmation of the value that our Care Transitions Solution provides to hospitals and health systems looking to reduce readmissions and their associated penalties, to focus on optimal care delivery and to provide high-quality outcomes to the patients they serve. We are pleased to partner with the AHA to further its vision of a society of healthy communities, where all individuals can reach their highest potential for health.”

About Healthways

Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Dedicated to creating a healthier world one person at a time, the Company uses the science of behavior change to produce and measure positive change in well-being for our customers, which include employers, integrated health systems, hospitals, physicians, health plans, communities and government entities. We provide highly specific and personalized support for each individual and their team of experts to optimize each participant’s health and productivity and to reduce health-related costs. Results are achieved by addressing longitudinal health risks and care needs of everyone in a given population. The Company has scaled its proprietary technology infrastructure and delivery capabilities developed over 30 years and now serves approximately 45 million people on four continents. Learn more at http://www.healthways.com.

About the AHA

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, who include nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. Visit http://www.aha.org to learn more.

About AHA Solutions

AHA Solutions, Inc. is a resource to hospitals pursuing operational excellence. As a subsidiary of the AHA, AHA Solutions collaborates with hospital leaders to identify key challenges the field faces. After conducting the proprietary AHA Signature Due Diligence Process™, we award the exclusive AHA Endorsement. As an AHA member service, AHA Solutions provides access to content experts and education to support product decision making, and convenes people with like interests for knowledge sharing that is centered on timely information and research.

AHA Solutions is proud to reinvest its profits in the AHA Mission: To advance the health of individuals and communities. For more information, contact AHA Solutions at 800.242.4677 or visit http://www.aha-solutions.org.

(1) Institute for Healthcare Improvement, http://www.ihi.org/topics/tripleaim

Contacts

Healthways
Chip Wochomurka, 615-614-4493
chip.wochomurka@healthways.com

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Healthways
Chip Wochomurka, 615-614-4493
chip.wochomurka@healthways.com