Disease Management a Way to Decrease Healthcare Cost and Improve Healthcare

Disease management have been brushing the United States for the past ten years already and still continues to prevail as the government’s means of premiu…

Disease management have been brushing the United States for the past ten years already and still continues to prevail as the government’s means of premium quality healthcare without the very high cost.  There was a survey conducted in year 2000 that there are health programs which incorporated disease management a few years after the concept was formulated.  It has been expected that with the integration of disease management in the healthcare programs, better communication, management of infirmity and patient care, as well as clinic follow-ups for patients with chronic illness such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, coronary artery disease, obesity and hypertension and compliance to medications and lifestyle changes, healthcare cost is transcendentally decreased with the elimination of long-term hospital stays and visits to the emergency rooms.

Disease management was conceptualized to cut costs in healthcare by improving the quality of care given to clienteles with chronic illnesses.  However, not all sectors of the healthcare system in the US government are able to achieve this goal.  For some, cheaper and better qualities of healthcare don’t go hand in hand.  They still believe that a quality healthcare can be delivered only when the price of is right.  However, the preeminent supporters of disease management believe that by preventing exacerbations and complications brought about by chronic diseases through improvement of quality patient care positive return of investment and cost savings are warranted.

The growing number of America’s population with chronic diseases is now threatening to flood the country’s healthcare system.  Disease management goes beyond decreasing healthcare cost as it demonstrates to the entire population how improved quality of care can be achieved through a systematic approach that encompasses health coaching, patient education, compliance to medications, and measurement of outcomes in order to determine the efficacy of the program and by disseminating information on how to improve quality of health.  We owe the rise of disease management to the traditional payment system.  Most cognitive services and patient education are not reimbursed, probably the reason why some physicians tend to abdicate on this part of their practice.  This is where disease management comes into view. It patches the gap that the physicians have left behind.

What causes the healthcare cost to be rocketing sky high is the prevalence of the chronic diseases that have placed an enormous pressure on the healthcare system.  The growth of the population with chronic diseases further aggrandized the arrogation for management and hospital treatment as well as emergency room visits.  With this pressing issue, the country’s government is moved further to pursue the implementation of the disease management program in the healthcare system.  Disease management will be utilized as a tool to reform the finances of healthcare.

Disease management does not only include compliance to treatment and medication regimen but also health coaching, patient outreach programs, patient teachings, lifestyle changes, and practice guidelines.  The integration of disease management in the healthcare setting seeks to prevent the occurrence of exacerbations and complications as well as hospitalizations by making the patients more responsible and knowledgeable about their chronic disease condition.  The patient’s are given the opportunity to practice autonomy in taking care of their own self and practice behaviors that advocate health.  With that, positive outcomes with agreeable consequences are met such as provision of premium quality care, patient satisfaction; lower health care cost and the likes are achieved.