The purpose of this article is to examine chief medical officers' (CMOs) perception of disease management programs. Five open-ended questions, each addressing a major issue in the development of disease management programs, were given to 31 CMOs who attended a series of invitation-only conferences on disease management in the fall of 1999. Qualitative data analysis was conducted using the transcripts on each of the issues. Overall, the CMOs viewed the emergence of capitated disease management programs positively. They considered the population of a program to be the contractual patients and/or those at risk for the target disease. On the issue of quality and cost, they preferred an optimal balance between the two. They saw the Internet as an opportunity for the education of patients as well as providers. However, they were concerned about patient confidentiality and further widening of the gap between those who have the financial means to access healthcare and those who do not. In spite of concerns expressed about the current generation of disease management programs, the CMOs held an optimistic view of the future of these programs. To become better accepted, disease management programs must address the issues of confidentiality and quality of care.
Recommended CitationXu, Gang; Paddock, Lisa E.; O'Connor, John P.; Nash, David B.; and Zitter, Mark , "Chief medical officers' perceptions of disease management programs" (2001). College of Population Health Faculty Papers. Paper 5.