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Disease Management Programs in Germany: A Case Study

A new issue brief focuses on national disease management programs in Germany, which have improved the quality of care and increased patient satisfaction while reducing hospitalizations, mortality rates, and drug costs. The authors note that the programs were effective, even though they were implemented in a health system that—like the U.S. health system—does not have a strong emphasis on primary care. Key factors in their success include sustained funding and rapid, extensive implementation.

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