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Nation's Economic Downturn Threatens Continuity of Care for Chronic Conditions
Date:10/20/2008

u interrupt continuity of care, particularly for chronic disease, you risk sliding backward in health status and creating higher costs when conditions worsen for lack of regular care," Moorhead says. "Retreating now from these important programs might generate savings in the short term. Ultimately, though, it will cost all Americans much more in health status and health care dollars."

Diabetes care offers one example of the wisdom of investing now in patient self-management programs, Moorhead says. "Studies consistently show better medication adherence, increased rates of A1C testing, more frequent retinal and foot exams, fewer hospitalizations and other improved health outcomes through these programs," she says. "They also show significant costs savings through reduced hospitalizations and emergency department visits -- in some cases, particularly for employers and states, double their investment or more."

About DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance

DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and convenes all stakeholders along the care continuum toward population health improvement. Through advocacy, research and promotion of best practices, DMAA advances population-based strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for individuals with and at risk of chronic conditions.


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