via RAND Corporation
Programs to help patients manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma appear to have become a standard component of health plans, according to a new RAND Corporation study.
“The number of people in the United States with one or more chronic conditions is expected to grow to 171 million by 2030, which means almost one in two Americans will suffer from a chronic disease in the not-too-distant future,” said Soeren Mattke, the study’s lead author and managing director of RAND Health Advisory Services. “There is an urgent need to improve management of chronic conditions.”
Researchers collected information from a nationally representative sample of health plans to understand the current range of chronic care management services for commercially insured patients, to document how programs engage with patients and providers and to elicit emerging industry trends.
The 25 health plans surveyed were randomly selected and represented a broad range of sizes, locations and ownership models. In addition to telephone surveys, six health plans were chosen for in-depth case studies that involved one- to two-day site visits..
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