chronic condition, self-management, Kaiser Health News

The Best Thing You Can Do For Members with Chronic Disease

Submitted by Rob Wyse on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 11:46

People with chronic conditions spend 99% of their time outside of the doctor’s office. What they do in that time determines the quality of their health—and the cost of their healthcare. That’s why healthcare plans and employers are starting to invest more in “self-management” or chronic disease management programs, according to a recent analysis by Kaiser Health News.

Recent studies of diabetes patients and other chronically ill populations who participated in chronic disease management programs show that these individuals were better off than those who didn’t participate. They had healthier biometric measurements, took their medication more regularly, and were overall better healthcare consumers.

But too few individuals have access to these types of programs. A new HealthMine report found that only 29% of wellness participants say their health plan offers a disease management program. Just 14% said their wellness program helps them better manage their disease.