Have you been wondering how delayed medical care will affect your healthcare costs? I encourage you to read this article. "If you really want to reduce your health care spend and improve health, you have to think long-term and holistically. ROI is dependent on plan member behavior. If you want ROI, the program has to be meaningful to the plan member. Improved self-care leads to improved outcomes—and that yields the ROI.” -Kimberlee Langford, RN, VP of Clinical Services for Specialty Care Management
During the pandemic, individuals with multiple chronic conditions were notably avoiding medical care, resulting in delayed medical care (DMC). This trend has had significant consequences as treatable and curable cancers went undiagnosed and the health of those with chronic conditions deteriorated due to missed regular checkups. As the pandemic's effects lessen, physicians are recognizing the serious impacts of DMC.
However, there is a silver lining as the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of telemedicine and telehealth. These digital health tools, previously on the sidelines, have now become integral parts of healthcare programs, with both patients and physicians embracing their use. This shift is seen as a potential solution to addressing the health issues of chronically ill individuals. With telemedicine and telehealth becoming widely accepted, plan sponsors now have powerful tools at their disposal to help improve the health of their members with chronic conditions. This integration of digital health tools into healthcare strategies could play a crucial role in addressing the consequences of delayed medical care and improving the overall well-being of individuals with chronic illnesses.
The time to invest in meaningful preventative care and chronic disease management is now. CentiBlick can help you manage your healthcare costs and provide your employees with the tools they need to live healthier lives!