Officials with the LSU charity system say that they're saving hundreds of millions of dollars a year thanks to their ongoing disease management program. While 20 states are experimenting with disease management programs for Medicaid and other indigent patients, LSU has been offering such programs at its charity hospitals for as many as ten years. The LSU programs focus on the effective management diabetes, asthma, cancer, congestive heart failure and HIV. The programs include standard measures such as health education classes and nurse calls to patients, as well as checks on whether doctors and other clinicians follow nationally recognized care guidelines.
To learn more about LSU's disease management programs:
- read this article from The Advocate