Starting your own Asheville-style programPosted On: May. 5, 2013 12:00 AM CST
Asheville, N.C., leaders devoted more than two years to develop a chronic disease-management approach for city employees with diabetes.
To launch a similar program in a year, Ben Bluml, senior vice president of research and innovation at the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, suggests employers incorporate several things. They include:
Rethinking health coverage: Decide which medication and other medical care copayments will be waived or sharply reduced, depending upon the chronic health conditions targeted.
Building a counseling network: Engage for-profit disease-management firms to collaborate some state pharmacy associations.
Incorporating accountability: In exchange for free or reduced treatment costs, employees should be required to keep up with counseling sessions.
Standardizing data collection: Figure out which clinical and financial data should be tracked, and keep that consistent.