Abacus Publishes Diabetes Management Article in American Journal of Managed Care

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Abacus Health Solutions (Abacus), a pioneer in behaviorally focused chronic health condition management, announces the publishing of Behavior-Based Diabetes Management:  Impact on Care, Hospitalizations, and Costs in the American Journal of Managed Care’s March 2021 edition.

The study examines the impact of the Abacus’s Diabetes Care Rewards Program, a behavioral science approach and incentive based care management program on care, hospitalizations, and costs for a diabetes population.  The program utilizes core principles of behavioral science and contingent incentives to drive completion of core diabetes care standards per the American Diabetes Association.  Members who adhere to program requirements are rewarded using a patented copayment waiver process for all diabetes medications and supplies.

The study used retrospective observational cohort make up to compare utilization and cost data between individuals who enrolled in the Program and individuals who were eligible but not enroll.  Nearly 14,000 individuals from 26 self-insured employers composed the pool of enroll and unenroll study participants.  Members needed to have 24 months of continuous medical and pharmacy claims data within the Abacus data set.  Members were then matched using a propensity scoring technique between 2010 and 2017, resulting in total study cohort of 3,318 with 1,659 in the enrolled and 1,659 unenroll.

On patient activation measures, the enrolled group showed better adherence to diabetes related care metrics like a 32% greater adherence to semi-annual HbA1c testing, along with a 20.1% decrease in members with an HbA1c >9.  Enrolled members had an 80% greater likelihood to continue with their medication regimen.

On utilization  and cost measures, enrolled members had 38% lower all cause hospital admissions and 34% fewer days day, which drove a 21% lower medical trend for the enroll vs unenrolled population.

“The study provides a business case for employers and health plans to promote patient engagement though the use of relevant and behavior contingent incentives which lead to better health outcomes, reduced hospitalizations and lower costs.” said Michael Follick Ph.D. Abacus CEO & Co-Founder.

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COVID19 Update
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Maintaining the health and safety of our employees and program members is our top priority during this public health crisis.

The Abacus Health HelpLine is fully operational. HelpLine Advocates are available to answer member’s questions about our programs, assist with program enrollment and schedule a time for members to speak with our clinical staff.  Additionally, our entire staff is fully operational and operating remotely.

Due to the ongoing challenges some members are facing in scheduling and keeping appointments with their Providers, extensions are available by calling the HelpLine.  This ensures that our members continue to have access to their much-needed incentives. We will continue to evaluate this as needed. We understand that not all areas of the country are experiencing healthcare system challenges, so we encourage members to call their doctor to determine if they should keep their scheduled appointment.

Our program members are encouraged to take advantage of the valuable resource they have in our Nurses, Diabetes Educators and Pharmacists. Members can schedule a call with one of our clinicians by calling 800.643.8028.

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