15 Oct

What is Disease Management and its Benefits

According to the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy, disease management involves minimizing the effects of a disease on the patient through integrated, multidisciplinary care, which ultimately reduces healthcare costs and improves patient quality of life.

Disease management is most effective for conditions where self-care tactics can be beneficial. Through strategic communication and interventions, patients can be taught self-care for their condition and when to seek further help.

If you want evidence as to the effectiveness of disease management, look no further than your medical insurance provider. Almost all insurance companies offer some type of disease management program because the savings on expenses for preventable complications is undeniable! Some employers have even started using disease management techniques to identify potential issues with their employee demographic and implement prevention strategies.

So, how do disease management services help patients live better lives? Well, it’s a two-pronged approach:

First, your disease management services provider will teach you as much as possible about your condition. Expect to learn signs, symptoms, causes, triggers, treatments, side effects, and more. Your provider will also teach you when to seek medical help.

Second, your disease management services provider will refer you to different medical, mental health, behavioral health, and other professionals who may be able to help you with your condition. Your provider will maintain contact with these referrals to collaborate on your care. By working with other professionals, we are able to treat the patient holistically, taking into account all of the areas that are affected by the disease process.

Dr. Rao and her team are strong believers in the increase of positive patient outcomes due to using reputable disease management services.

Dr. Rao provides disease management services for an array of chronic diseases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Infectious diseases and STDs
  • Asthma management
  • Emphysema
  • Gastrointestinal problems

If you participate in disease management services at Dr. Kavita Rao’s Tampa Bay offices, you will enjoy:

  • Two convenient office locations in Tampa Bay: one in St. Petersburg and another in Largo
  • Easy access to our team via phone, email, and our website
  • Acceptance of over 30 insurance plans, including all of the major insurers, Medicare, and Tricare
  • Affordable rates for self-pay patients
  • 24/7 access to personal records with our Patient Portal via Healow

If you could benefit from our disease management services, call us at (727) 525-0900 or contact us online to set up an appointment today! We are accepting new patients and have implemented COVID-19 protocols to keep both our patients and staff safe and healthy.