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IN THE CLAIMS 

1 . (original) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific programme 

areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas with each of the 
diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas only with those diseases 
managed by the programme to which the specific programme area is determined to be of 
particular benefit to a member afflicted with the disease; 

awarding points to a member for each of the programme areas in which the member 
participates, only if the member is afflicted with a disease which is associated with that 
particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member accumulate to 
a predetermined amount. 

2. (original) A method according to claim 1 , wherein points are only awarded to the 
member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are associated with 
the disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 



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3. (original) A method according to claim 1 , wherein additional points are awarded to 
the member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are associated 
with the disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 

4. (currently amended) A method according to claim 1 wherein the general 
programme areas are on e or mor e some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

5. (original) A method according to claim 1 wherein the specific programme areas 
are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, influenza vaccine, 
pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

6. (original) A method according claim 1 further including the steps of: 

defining a measurable within at least one of the general or specific programme areas 
so that a members performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level of the measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within the at least one programme area; and 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the defined minimum level of a 
measurable for the at least one programme area only if the member is afflicted with a 
disease which is associated with that particular programme area. 



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7. (original) A method according to claim 6 further comprising the step of awarding 
additional points to the member if the member obtains the minimum level of a measurable for 
all of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with which the member is 
afflicted. 

8. (original) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific programme 

areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas with each of the 
diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas only with those diseases 
managed by the programme to which the specific programme area is determined to be of 
particular benefit to a member afflicted with the disease; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific programme areas so 
that a member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area only if the member is afflicted with a disease 
which is associated with that particular programme area; and 



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allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member accumulate to 
a predetermined amount. 

9. (original) A method according to claim 8 wherein, additional points are awarded to 
the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable for all of the programme areas 
which are associated with the disease with which the member is afflicted. 

1 0. (currently amended) A method according to claim 8 wherein the general 
programme areas are ono or moro some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

1 1 . (original) A method according to claim 8 wherein the specific programme areas 
are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume, loop measurement, influenza vaccine, 
pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

12. (original) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific programme 

areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas with each of the 
diseases managed by the programme; 



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associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas only with those diseases 
managed by the programme to which the specific programme area is determined to be of 
particular benefit to a member who is predisposed to being afflicted with the disease; 

awarding points to a member for each of the programme areas in which the member 
participates, only if the member is predisposed to being afflicted with a disease which is 
associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member accumulate to 
a predetermined amount. 

1 3. (original) A method of incentivising members of a disease management 
programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific programme 

areas; 

associating each of the plurality of general programme areas with each of the 
diseases managed by the programme; 

associating each of the plurality of specific programme areas only with those diseases 
managed by the programme to which the specific programme area is determined to be of 
particular benefit to a member who is predisposed to being afflicted with the disease; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific programme areas so 
that a member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 



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defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area only if the member is predisposed to being 
afflicted with a disease which is associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member accumulate to 
a predetermined amount. 

14. (new) A method according to claim 1 wherein the amount of the reward is related to 
the amount of points accumulated by the member. 

15. (new) A method according to claim 1 wherein the reward is a cash payout or special 
options on services. 

16. (new) A method according to claim 15 wherein the services are one or more of 
airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

17. (new) A method according to claim 8 wherein the amount of the reward is related to 
the amount of points accumulated by the member. 



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18. (new) A method according to claim 8 wherein the reward is a cash payout or special 
options on services. 

19. (new) A method according to claim 16 wherein the services are one or more of 
airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals 



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