Disease Management Reduces Hospital Admissions

Having a chronic disease management program can significantly reduce the rate of hospital admissions for patients with heart disease and diabetes, according to findings by Australia’s largest not-for-profit health insurer, the Hospitals Contributions Fund (HCF).

The My Health Guardian program helps people with chronic diseases self-manage their conditions. Published in the peer-reviewed journal, Population Health Management, the program’s affect on hospital admissions is reported in a first-of-its-kind study in Australia.

The study compared more than 5,000 My Health Guardian participants suffering from chronic heart disease and diabetes with a statistically comparable group of more than 23,000 non-participating HCF members with the same two conditions.  Disease management participants with heart disease had 7.2% lower readmission rates after 12 months and 12% lower after 18 months. Disease management participants with Diabetes had 7.8% lower admission rates after 12 months and 13.4% lower rates after 18 months.

Dr. James Pope, M.D. F.A.C.C. of Healthways said, “These results suggest comprehensive chronic care programs could by adopted by other countries that are experiencing rising prevalence of chronic disease along with the significant accompanying increase in medical expenditures and decrease in quality of life.” For more information, visit www.healthways.com.

Last Updated 8/2/2017

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