Applying Disease Management Strategies to Medicare

Medicare coverage begins for many when they have already developed one or more chronic diseases, and it often pays for the latest and costliest phases. Population-based disease modeling, patient screening, and monitoring would be appropriate interventions for chronic renal disease. Patients who have not yet advanced to end-stage renal disease would benefit from management of diabetes and hypertension, avoidance of nephrotoxic substances, and better preparation for dialysis. Administrative support could take the form of clinical guidelines, physician-led multidisciplinary teams, integrated delivery systems, provider and patient education, and new information technologies. Medicare reflects the long-term public perspective, and thus should further this new direction by supporting education, reimbursing for prevention efforts and allied health services, encouraging efficiency, and monitoring cost and quality outcomes.

Author(s): Christopher P. Tompkins; Sarita Bhalotra; Michael Trisolini; Stanley S. Wallack; Scott Rasgon; Hock Yeoh

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Volume 77, Issue 4 (pages 461–484)
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.00148
Published in 1999