Pro-Change Behavior Systems was presented the Gold Award for Health Management by leading health care accreditation organization, URAC. The honor was announced at the 2009 Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment and Protection Awards Gala on April 1-2 in Orlando, Florida. The awards are designed to recognize innovative leadership and successful programs in consumer-focused health care management.

Pro-Change was honored for its LifeStyle Management Program Suite, a set of programs that works with individuals to help them identify their readiness to change in relation to seven behaviors closely tied to preventing and managing chronic disease. The LifeStyle Management programs offer individuals access to a health risk intervention, a computerized tailored intervention, and an interactive stage-matched workbook, all based on the Transtheoretical Model.

Seventy submissions were evaluated by a 27-member panel of prestigious, independent judges including experts in program evaluation, care coordination, health information technology, employer and purchaser decision making and patient safety. Honors were awarded in six categories: Health Plans and Health Networks, Health Management, Health Information/Decision Support, Pharmacy Quality Management, Consumer Decision-Making, and Consumer Health Improvement.

“Our Best Practices awards program is a unique celebration of the best the health care industry has to offer. These companies have made a difference in the lives of consumers by implementing leading-edge programs with results that matter,” said Alan P. Spielman, president and CEO of URAC. “At a time when health care reform is in the spotlight, achievements from companies like Pro-Change are even more important.”

“We are honored to be recognized by URAC,” stated Janice M. Prochaska, President & CEO of Pro-Change. “We appreciate the importance of URAC’s goal to raise the quality and impact of the evidence needed to support health management programs.”