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AMENDMENTS TO THE CLAIMS 



1 . (Currently Amended) 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, wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme; 

awarding points to a member for each of the general programme areas in which 
the member participates , the points being allocated to members based on a multi-level 
system, including: 

a first level, wherein the member is awarded points for merely 
taking part in a programme area, 

a second level, wherein the member is awarded a greater number 
of points for taking part in all programme areas associated with a disease 
with which the member is afflicted, and 

a third level, wherein the member is awarded points for attaining a 
minimum level for a measurable of a programme area associated with a 
disease with which the member is afflicted: 
awarding points to a member for each of the specific programme areas in which 
the member participates, only if the member is afflicted with a disease to which the 
specific programme area in which the member participates has been determined to be 
of particular benefit; 

calculating the a total number of points awarded to the member; and 
allocating a reward to the member if the total number of points awarded to the 
member accumu l at e accumulates to a predetermined amount. 



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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. 



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. (Previously Presented) A method according to claim 1 , wherein the general 
programme areas are 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 member's 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. (Canceled) 



8. (Withdrawn) 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, wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme; 

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 

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

9. (Withdrawn) 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. 



10. (Withdrawn) A method according to claim 8 wherein the general programme 



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areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

1 1 . (Withdrawn) 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. (Withdrawn) 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, wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme; 

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. 

13. (Withdrawn) 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, wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 



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to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme; 

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

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

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

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

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



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19. (Withdrawn) A method according to claim 18 wherein the services are one or more 
of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

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

defining a measurable within an exercise programme area as being two fitness 
assessments per year, at least five months apart, so that a member's performance 
within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a measurable within a smoking programme area as being a cotinine 
test, so that a member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a measurable within an education programme area as being a 
questionnaire prepared by managers of the disease management programme, so that a 
member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level of each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within the programme area, the 
minimum level being: 

for the exercise programme area, maintaining a predetermined 

level of fitness, 

for the smoking programme area, a negative cotinine test, and 
for the education programme area, completing the questionnaire; and 
awarding points to a member if the member obtains the defined minimum level of 

the measurable for a particular programme area only if the member is afflicted with a 

disease which is associated with the particular programme area. 



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21 . (New) The method of claim 20, including the steps of: 

defining a measurable within a pneumococcal vaccine programme area as being 
a pneumococcal vaccination, so that a member's performance within said programme 
area can be ascertained, and in which the minimum level of member performance for 
the pneumococcal vaccine programme area is: receiving a pneumococcal vaccination 
once every five years; and 

defining a measurable within a cholesterol programme area as being a 
cholesterol test once per year, so that a member's performance within said programme 
area can be ascertained, and in which the minimum level of member performance for 
the cholesterol programme area is: a cholesterol level of less than a predetermined 
level. 



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