Care Coordination, Improving Chronic Illness Care
Strong care coordination is crucial for effective and real chronic disease management. Patients managing a chronic illness are bombarded with a surplus of health information, often coming from several different specialists and primary care clinicians. All of this information must be sent from one clinician to the other, with each doctor knowing what the other is doing to achieve the end goal of patient wellness.
High-value Health Care at Lower Cost
Strong care coordination can have many health benefits and is probably one of the most popular concepts in medical care in regards to quality and patient experience while lowering health care costs. Patients who experience poor care coordination though can see up to $4,500 in cost increases over three years, according to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Care Coordination is a Team Effort
Education and health management play a huge role in care coordination and physicians need to make sure patients have an understanding of what skills are associated with managing their condition and make sure that they have access to those educational resources and clinical staff to communicate with about their condition. While patients may face some responsibility to coordinate their own care, physicians must offer the resources and support to empower patients in this attempt.