United Health Reports Success with Diabetes Management Program

April 4, 2013
According to Employee Benefit News, a two-year study from UnitedHealthcare shows its disease management program for diabetes can help people with the condition manage it more effectively, while also reducing related costs.

The study followed 620 people with diabetes for two years, examining their compliance with six key diabetes treatment and testing requirements, including regular primary care visits and screening tests for blood sugar, cholesterol, cancer, kidney function and eye disease. Key findings include:
  • Twenty-one percent of participants in the diabetes management program saw a reduction in their health risk scores, which are used to measure expected health care costs for an individual or a population.
  • Participants, on average, achieved compliance with 75% of the key requirements vs. 61% for those diabetics not enrolled in the plan.
  • The compliance rate of plan participants increased 6% over two years.
  • Health care costs grew at a 4% slower pace for the diabetes management program participants than for employees not participating in the program.
The program, available to self-insured employers, offers some diabetes supplies and diabetes-related prescription drugs at no charge, as well as no co-pays for related doctor visits, at an estimated savings of up to $500 a year for participants.

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