Healthcare Cost Savings Estimator Tool for CDSMP (“Tool”) has been developed to help healthcare or community organizations to estimate the cost savings among CDSMP participants and, in turn, further disseminate the evidence-based CDSMP for their served population.

The research team (“Team”) based its rigorous prior studies published at Medical Care, BMC Public Health, and Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion to design the web-based, user-friendly Tool.

First, the National Study of CDSMP demonstrates the effectiveness of CDSMP in terms of Triple Aim goals of better healthcare, better health outcome, and better value.1

Second, by further investigating the better value goal of CDSMP, the Team estimated that we could save $3.3 billion healthcare costs nationally by averting ER visits and hospitalizations if CDSMP could reach 5% of adults with at least one chronic condition.2

Last, the Team used the cost saving study2 to create an Excel-based cost savings estimator tool that can be utilized by healthcare or community organizations for helping them better allocate their resources and make business cases if necessary.3

The Estimator presented on this site is based on the Excel-based Tool but we've added interactive and user-friendly functionality.

  1. Ory, M. G., Ahn, S., Jiang L., Smith, M. L., Ritter, P., Whitelaw, N., & Lorig, K. (2013). Successes of a National Study of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program: Meeting the Triple Aim of Health Care Reform. Medical Care, 51(11), 992-998.
  2. Ahn, S., Basu, R., Smith, M.L., Jiang, J., Lorig, K., Whitelaw, N., & Ory, M. G. (2013). The Impact of Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs: Healthcare Savings through a Community-based Intervention. BMC Public Health. 13:1141. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1141.
  3. Ahn, S., Smith, M. L., Altpeter, M., Post, L., & Ory, M.G. (2015). Healthcare Cost Savings Estimator Tool for Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP): A New Tool for Program Administrators and Decision Makers. Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion, (in Press).


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The impact of chronic disease self-management programs

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Healthcare cost savings estimator tool for chronic disease self-management program

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Successes of a CDSMP National Study

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