Why community-based case management?
There has never been a better time for community-based case management. The red flags are flying everywhere. Our healthcare delivery system has become fraught with complexities, inconsistencies, and costs that continue to climb. According to The National Coalition on Healthcare as noted in a recent Financial Advisor magazine article, titled “Preventive Medicine,” in 2005, total national health expenditures increased by 6.9%, twice the rate of inflation. It also reported that similar increases were projected over the next decade so that by 2015, our nation’s total healthcare costs will reach $4 trillion. Furthermore, because of skyrocketing healthcare costs and the efforts of government, employers, and providers to contain these costs, consumers are being asked to share some of the financial burden. This consumer-driven healthcare movement, reflected in new plans like Health Savings Accounts (portable, employee-owned accounts that are funded by tax-deductible contributions made by emplo