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High Cost of Chronic Illness Spotlights Need for Case Management Professionals
Date:10/2/2009

Chronic illness carries an estimated 75 percent of U.S. healthcare costs, creating more demand on case managers, who improve patient outcomes, quality of life and help reduce rehospitalizations

Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) October 2, 2009 -- The growing prevalence of chronic illness, such as heart failure and hypertension, are creating a more demanding healthcare environment and highlight the need for case managers, according to the Case Management Society of America. During National Case Management Week--Oct. 11 to 17, 2009, the CMSA and other organizations, including Allsup, are working to raise awareness about the value of case managers in the medical community. Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare services.



"The cost of managing chronic illness has become astronomical," reports the August/September issue of Case In Point magazine, the official magazine for CMSA. For example, there are now an estimated 5 million Americans living with congestive heart failure.

The story, "New Dimensions in Disease Management," examines trends in supporting patients and providing quality, cost-effective care in light of costly chronic diseases. About 75 percent of U.S. healthcare spending goes toward treating chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, according to Health Affairs journal (Jan. 2009).

Case managers are becoming increasingly important in developing healthcare strategies. Not only does case management support patients and their families in navigating the healthcare system, it decreases the fragmentation of services, encourages health t
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