In the News: Evaluating the Efficacy of a Bundled Chronic Condition Management Program

Chronic disease in the 21st century United States has increased in prevalence for the past 15 years, and its management and treatment now consume the majority of healthcare spending.1-3 Intensive behavioral counseling is one strategy that has been deemed both necessary and cost-effective in the effort to combat this trend. Per the guidelines of the US Preventive Services Task Force and the Affordable Care Act, intensive behavioral counseling can be covered as a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease for obese or otherwise at-risk individuals.4,5 Although cost-effectiveness estimates vary widely, they are all well within the commonly accepted intervention threshold of $50,000 per quality-adjusted life-year added—below which, an intervention is considered to be worth the cost.6,7 [Read more here]