HCf Chronic disease management program in peer reviewed literature
A paper has recently been published showing the value of a chronic disease management programme within an Australian population.
My Health Guardian (MHG) was set up by health insurer, The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF) in 2009 as a long-term strategy to improve the health and well-being of covered members.
The first study on clinical outcomes of MHG, and the only large-scale study evaluating the effectiveness of an Australian CDMP, evaluated the impact of MHG on hospital admissions, readmission and length of stay for members with heart disease and diabetes. Results demonstrated that the MHG program was effective in reducing the occurrence and severity of hospitalization after 12 and 18 months of program participation. The MHG study population, in comparison to disease-matched HCF plan members who were eligible but did not participate in MHG, displayed significant decreases in hospital admissions and readmissions after both 12 and 18 months, and in average length of hospital stay after 18 months. The magnitude of impact increased over time for all three measures