Staying on top of your health isn’t always an easy thing to do. It’s sometimes tough to know the best ways to prevent or treat chronic conditions, and managing the care of a loved one with a serious illness can be an even bigger challenge. Between meetings with doctors and specialists, undergoing tests and understanding your coverage, juggling everything can sometimes feel like a full-time job. That’s where care managers come in.
By overseeing your needs, they take the confusion and stress out of health care — so you or your loved one can devote more energy to getting well.
How Do Care Managers Help?
Care managers make managing a disease or condition easier on you or your loved one. In the past, you might have had to coordinate with multiple specialists or testing centers, which can quickly get overwhelming. Now you only have to connect with your care manager and let him or her take care of the rest.
I compare the old model to a neighborhood. “All of your care managers lived in the same neighborhood, but you may have needed to go to one house to meet with your case manager, and then go to another house to talk to your chronic care nurse, then down another block to speak to someone about your benefits.”
“With care management, instead of going to multiple houses all over the neighborhood, we are all in the same house, and you and your family only need to speak to one person. We’ve integrated everything to make it easier for our members,”.
Less time spent coordinating care means more time to focus on getting well. Being healthier can help you save on health care costs in the long term. But having a care manager overseeing you and your family can also ease stress and give you peace of mind. And you can’t put a price on that.