Disease State Management programs:
People with chronic conditions may generally use more healthcare services, including physician visits, hospital care, and prescription drugs. Increases in the number of people living longer with chronic conditions coupled with rising healthcare expenditures have forced providers to look for ways to reduce healthcare use and costs. Disease management is one approach that aims to provide quality care, improve the health of persons with specific chronic conditions by education on patient self-management, and reduce healthcare service use and costs associated with avoidable complications, such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Many disease management programs have been successful at improving self-care practices and reducing use of various healthcare services, including hospital admissions and emergency room visits. As a result, healthcare expenditures for certain populations with chronic conditions have decreased.
As more people live longer with costly chronic conditions, and as programs and technology evolve, disease management could become more effective and efficient at helping people with chronic conditions maintain quality of life.