Medicare Advantage Provides Value through Chronic Care Management
MAY 29, 2015
Roughly fifty percent of Americans will suffer from a chronic disease by the year 2030, according to a new RAND study. And with each additional chronic condition, patients face higher costs and greater difficulty in managing their health.
The good news is that health plans such as those offered through the Medicare Advantage program offer disease management services that are tailored to suit the individual needs of patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. They do so by providing services like:
- Online resources
- Treatment and medication reminders
- Access to 24-hour nurse hotlines
Prior research shows that health plans are helping patients avoid unnecessary, costly hospital readmissions and have better health outcomes.
The RAND study shows health plans are working hand-in-hand with hospitals, physicians, and clinicians to keep improving the way your care is managed and delivered. For example, health plans regularly notify providers when there is a gap in a patient’s care, such as failure to refill prescriptions or missed appointments. The innovative services offered by Medicare Advantage plans are great examples of chronically ill patients getting the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
Click here to watch members of the coalition talking about their struggles with chronic illness and how Medicare Advantage helped them keep what matters most in their lives.
Read more here about the action health plans are taking to deliver more value and better care to health care consumers.