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Managing Health More Important Than Minding Cost?

MANAGED CARE October 2000. © MediMedia USA
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Managing Health More Important Than Minding Cost?

MANAGED CARE October 2000. ©2000 MediMedia USA

The most expensive types of care, on a per-person, annual basis? Gallbladder treatment ($4,721) and heart disease ($4,639), according to findings presented at this month's meeting of the Institute for Productivity Health and Management. On a cumulative basis, though, gallbladder slips to ninth and coronary artery disease sits atop the list — with almost three times the cumulative cost of the next most pricey group, gastrointestinal disorders.

IPHM analyzed claims from 61 large employers, to get industries to identify their specific cost drivers and plan disease management programs.

The group found discrepancies in illness prevalence across industries. In terms of aggregate claims, back problems were the ninth-most-costly disorder in the service industry, but third among government workers. Breast cancer, not in the top 10 in manufacturing, was the third-most-costly illness affecting retail workers.

Meetings

Pharmaceutical Pricing and Contracting Conference Philadelphia, PA September 22–23, 2014
Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014