The effect of a fitness program on health status and health care consumption in Medicare MCOs.

B. M. Fody-Urias, H. Fillit, J. Hill

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of a fitness program for Medicare MCOs on health status and health care utilization of participants. An evaluation compared outcome measures between high-level and low-level participants of the program. High-level participants scored higher on the Health Outcomes Survey and also had fewer doctor visits during the program period compared with low-level participants. The authors conclude that elderly individuals who participated at the high-level rate in a targeted fitness program maintained or improved health status and had fewer outpatient visits compared with the low-level participants. Medicare MCOs may improve health and manage costs for members by employing similar interventions focusing on functional health through exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalManaged Care Interface
Volume14
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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