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Disease Management

HealthLeaders Magazine, November 1, 2007
Traditionally, disease management programs have been narrowly defined: a strategy for improving the health outcomes of patients with specific conditions through the use of patient education and self-care techniques. But a host of other concepts, from wellness to health and productivity management, have emerged along with DM in an attempt to reach a set of common goals: improving health outcomes with a patient-centered approach to care, lowering costs by avoiding poor outcomes and reducing unnecessary services, and providing a better measure of the value of services. Beyond providers and payers, employers are also joining the push to make employees more responsible for managing their own health. As costs continue to rise, the push to better manage conditions on the front end before hefty expenses result further down the line will only grow.