There are times when life may be unpredictable—accidents, injuries, and more can happen in the blink of an eye. Then there are times when it’s terribly predictable. As we grow older, our bodies may have a higher chance of developing medical issues and conditions. And finally, some people are born with certain conditions.

Chronic conditions are medical conditions that last for over a year or longer, require ongoing treatment, and may affect a person’s quality of life. Of course, that doesn’t mean that people with chronic conditions can’t live a good life. It just takes more work. One of the ways to improve quality of life is through chronic care management (CCM).

The overall goal of CCM is to improve patients’ quality of life through continuous care and proper management of their conditions.

Here are some of the most important benefits of chronic care management:

Care Coordination

It’s typically the case that a person with a chronic condition has to see a number of different specialists for care and treatment. That often means juggling several appointments, which could be difficult for patients. 

CCM offers care coordination from one or more care managers. That way, patients have a single contact to coordinate testing, treatment, and follow-up sessions with. It also allows them to have a single point of contact to ask questions and get answers from.

Patient-Centered Care

Unlike some other types of care, CCM focuses on the patient more than the condition. That means that the care team and care manager are there to help patients live their best lives by helping them follow their treatment plan and outlining their care options.

Patient-centered care means that the patient is driving the train on care and treatment.

CCM allows patients to act as their own care managers. They can self-manage their conditions and make decisions about their care. This is because of the care manager’s thorough knowledge of the patient and their condition. They can act as an information source for patients and help patients become more knowledgeable about their illnesses.

Improved Quality of Life

It’s hard to quantify something like the quality of life, but CCM can help improve it. The primary way it does this is by helping the patient learn more about their condition. That includes the symptoms, the treatments, and itstheir effects on the patient’s life. It also includes helping the patient learn the best ways to manage their condition. This can mean improving their diet, moving to a more comfortable home, or any number of other things that a care manager can help them do.

The Bottom Line

Chronic conditions are a part of life. They are life-threatening or otherwise limiting conditions that require continuous care or management. That makes it incredibly important to have the best chronic care management possible. And at the same time, having a way to manage the individual chronic conditions is also important. 

Chronic care managers focus on helping their patients manage their conditions in a way that improves their quality of life. There are several programs out there that can help you find a chronic care manager and learn more about chronic conditions and your options.

If you want to learn more about chronic care management, you’re in the right place. Medisctics Health focuses on the human aspect of healthcare. Rather than solely focusing on one’s condition, we want to help improve their life. 

Whether your patient has chronic conditions, behavioral health conditions, or just needs help transitioning out of an inpatient facility, Medistics is there to simplify their experience. Contact us today to get started!

Profit Calculator Assumptions: 40% of total Medicare patients enrolling is based on (i) Medicare Chart Book’s data showing that ~68% of medicare patients qualify for CCM (2 or more chronic conditions), and (ii) that ~40% of eligible patients will enroll.

For typical providers, $46.67 of net profit per patient per month is based on a Medicare reimbursement per patient per month (national average) for various care management CPT codes.

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