ActiveCare program cuts healthcare costs, study says
OREM, Utah – Patients participating in ActiveCare’s diabetes management program saw first-year cost savings of nearly $3,400 each, according to a study published in US Endocrinology. “These findings suggest that even partial improvement of diabetes testing adherence within an employed population may result in substantial attenuation of employee medical expense,” study authors wrote. “The reduction in healthcare costs, even when considering those who did not comply, outweighed the program costs by several-fold.” Study authors looked at allowed claims between 2011 and 2012 and found participating members’ costs fell while care costs for nonparticipants increased $282. ActiveCare uses real-time data from participants’ cellular glucometers to call those with dangerously high or low levels of glucose. Registered nurses follow up regularly with participants and advise them on eating and exercise habits.