DM programs control cost of care.
An Accordant Health Services study indicates that disease
management (DM) programs do help control cost of care and improve
clinical outcomes. Accordant Health supplies DM solutions for more than
a dozen chronic conditions such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, lupus and
hemophilia. In a recent study, Accordant Health's disease
management program significantly reduced both shortand long-term total
medical cost trends. The study compared the per-member per-month trend
impact of Accordant's programs at three of its clients to three
matched reference health plans that did not employ DM programs. Study
results indicated that non-disease-managed groups experienced an
additional 24 percent cost-trend increase, but the Accordant-managed
groups did not.