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HINJ Forum: Health Experts Call Chronic-Disease Management Key to Controlling Costs

Montclair, NJ, May 24, 2013NJ Spotlight’s Andrew Kitchenman today reports that, while warning that New Jersey residents face a bleak health future if the state’s healthcare system doesn’t improve management of chronic diseases, a panel of experts agreed yesterday that positive steps are already occurring to improve the situation. 

Those steps include improving coordination of patient care, expanding patient health records, encouraging patients to take appropriate medications and helping caregivers deal with their own health problems. 

Speaking on Thursday during the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey’s (HINJ) “Chronic Disease Management” policy forum, Cathleen Bennett, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, New Jersey Department of Health, said there could be dire consequences if chronic health conditions aren’t addressed. 

Kitchenman reports that both Bennett, the director of state health policy and strategic planning, and New Jersey Association of Health Plans Vice President Sarah McLallen emphasized the importance of new health delivery systems in addressing these chronic conditions.

A crucial part of this change is the shift from traditional delivery models to accountable care organizations – in which insurers attempt to compensate providers for how well they perform and keep costs down, rather than for each service they provide.

Bennett also said that workplace wellness programs, supported by the state program Shaping NJ, are helping to improve employee fitness and health.

New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute President and CEO David L. Knowlton noted the challenges in improving children’s diet and exercise. His organization has worked on a “no child left inside” program with city governments.

Sen. Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, said it’s going to take a sustained effort to convince his fellow legislators and state officials to spend the money necessary for programs to combat chronic conditions.  Making this investment now will save the state more in the long run, Vitale said.

To read Kitchenman’s complete NJ Spotlight story, click here.