Health Plans
e-Newsletter
Intelligence Unit Special Reports Special Events Subscribe Sponsored Departments Follow Us

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn RSS

Getting Personal About Diabetes

Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

Having a pro-active, properly trained pharmacist to help an individual improve his or her health status is a positive step, but only if it's done with physician involvement.

That being said, there is reason for hope. Creating a benefit design that removes cost barriers has been shown to improve patient medication and treatment adherence. Focusing on diabetes is the right start because the disease can lead to other ailments, but these projects hopefully will lead to other specific disease plans, such as heart disease and asthma.

These are the kinds of innovations health insurers and employers will need to try in order to remove cost barriers and lower long-range health costs. That's beneficial on a systemwide level, but let's also remember the personal reasons for these kinds of programs—they may help diabetics and prediabetics live longer lives and cause fewer young men to lose their fathers too soon.


Note: You can sign up to receive Health Plan Insider, a free weekly e-newsletter designed to bring breaking news and analysis of important developments at health plans and other managed care organizations to your inbox.


Les Masterson is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

Follow Les Masterson on Twitter.


Comments are moderated. Please be patient.