Hoping to set standards for measuring outcomes of disease management programs, a coalition of physicians and other healthcare providers on Tuesday issued a report identifying metrics for comparing success in treating six chronic diseases.
"We believe this work should serve to significantly advance the credibility of disease management program outcomes," Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Frederick Brancati, M.D., says in a written statement.
The Johns Hopkins Outcomes Verification Program, which Brancati heads, produced the report in conjunction with American Healthways, a care management service provider based in Nashville, Tenn. The report is the product of a recent American Healthways conference that brought together nearly 150 clinicians.
"They are trying to develop some standards for disease management and identify some metrics," explains Warren Todd, executive director of the Washington-based Disease Management Association of America.
But Todd says the report lists specific metrics-including a short list of "core" metrics-for tracking disease management efforts for asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure and several other chronic conditions.
He also says the DMAA is preparing to publish the results of its review of disease management literature, a project to collect and consolidate vast stores of previously unpublished outcomes data. Stone says the report will be out before the end of this week.
American Healthways Executive Vice President Robert Stone is the current president of the DMAA.