Berlin - Professional societies, medical and patient associations have submitted proposals for 31 new disease management programs (DMP) to the (G-BA). . “The large number of topics submitted shows the great interest shown by the specialist public in the programs. More and more medical societies and medical professional associations have recognized that good interaction between family doctor, specialist and hospital is the linchpin of qualitatively better and more economical care of the chronically ill ”, said Regina Klakow-Franck, impartial member of the G-BA and chairwoman of the responsible subcommittee in Berlin.
From March to the beginning of May, medical umbrella associations and societies, experts from science and practice and central associations of self-help and patient organizations in particular had the opportunity to submit suggestions for diseases for which further chronicler programs could be developed. At the moment there are DMPs on diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, coronary artery disease with module "heart failure", chronic obstructive airways diseases and breast cancer.
The G-BA defines chronic diseases in guidelines for which structured treatment programs are developed should be. When making the selection, the following criteria in particular must be taken into account: the number of insured persons affected, the possibilities for improving the quality of care, the availability of evidence-based guidelines, the need for cross-sectoral treatment, the ability to influence the course of the disease through the insured’s own initiative and the high financial cost of treatment.