Physician involvement in disease management as part of the CCM

Health Care Financ Rev. Fall 2005;27(1):19-31.


Phase I of the voluntary chronic care improvement (CCI-I) under traditional fee-for-service Medicare initiative seeks to extend the benefits of disease management to an elderly population with comorbid chronic medical conditions. Active, sustained involvement of treating physicians, a historical deficit of disease management programs, is a CCI-I program goal. During the last decade, Kaiser Permanente, an integrated health care delivery system with more than 60 years of experience in managing the care of individuals and populations, has applied the chronic care model (CCM) to develop care management strategies for populations of patients with chronic medical conditions. Physician leadership and involvement have been key to successfully incorporating these practices into care. The scope of physician involvement in leading, developing, and delivering chronic illness care management at Kaiser Permanente is described as a basis for identifying opportunities to involve practicing physicians in the CCI-I.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / therapy
  • Disease Management*
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Medicare
  • Physician's Role*
  • United States