Biggest Health Care Purchasers Bullish on Care Management
Businesses see care management, not cost shifting, as the most important trend in health coverage. Care management includes a spectrum of services like health risk assessments, health information web sites and disease management, that are designed to improve health status and to control costs literally from cradle to grave. Disease management, for example, is considered by many to have reduced health costs incurred by members with expensive chronic conditions, prompting employers to look for similar opportunities. What's more, about two-thirds of employers with 500 or more workers rated care management services as important or very important cost-management strategies.
See the rest of the article in Managed Care , February, 2007