Adoption of more-comprehensive chronic management programs by providers is expected to increase. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health insurers and self-insured employers are leading the adoption of more-personalized and holistic approaches to managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD and depression. The new approaches aim to change patient behaviors with the aid of digital technologies, thereby lowering health care costs, according to Chilmark Research’s report, “Assessing the Market for Condition Management Solutions.”

However, provider organizations – many of which still operate under fee-for-service models – are slower to adopt more comprehensive programs, at least on a large-scale basis that also includes patients most at risk for developing chronic conditions, according to the report. But as the health care sector moves more toward “value-based reimbursement” and “risk-based contracting,” adoption of more-comprehensive chronic management programs by providers will increase.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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