Health plans as employers themselves need just as much of a commitment to wellness as their clients
Hypertension is the leading medical condition, and health plans are finding better ways to increase DM program participation rates, such as Aetna's program tailored to the African American population
As cancer emerges as world's top killer by 2010, MCOs will need to offer targeted education and outreach programs.
We're winning the war on chronic disease, but we've reached a tipping point in DM strategies
The disabled, elderly and poor populations would benefit from Medicare / Medicaid integration, but barriers have yet to give way
Regardless of gains made by medications to control some lipids, triglycerides, like obesity and diabetes, are on the rise, according to WellPoint's HealthCore. LDL levels alone aren't enough to knock out heart disease.
As disease management programs have grown in size and scope, the importance of justifying their expense by demonstrating financial savings has become critical.
Evaluating the return on investment in disease management can be quite complicated, and survey results are suggestive rather than conclusive.
A recent study by the University of Connecticut indicates that the cost of low health literacy to the U.S. economy is as high as $238 billion annually. It's imperative that health plans and systems drive new efforts.
D.W. Edington's research focuses on the precursors of disease and the relationships between healthy lifestyles, vitality, and quality of life.