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Chronic Care Management

Rhode Island Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Woonsocket, RI & Pawtucket, RI

Chronic disease is common, affecting some 6 in every 10 adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proper management of these conditions helps you maintain a high quality of life and prevent complications. Skilled internist Irfan Ahmad, MD, at Rhode Island Medicine with offices in Woonsocket and Pawtucket, Rhode Island, provides evaluation, coordination of care, medication management, and long-term treatment for issues like diabetes and heart disease. Call today to book an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.

Chronic Care Management Q & A

Why is chronic care management important?

Chronic care management provides support for diseases or conditions that last for a year or longer and require ongoing medical interventions. These chronic conditions may interfere with your home life, ability to work, and overall well-being.

When you have a chronic disease, you’re at risk of complications if the conditions go unmanaged. Skilled care management, like that provided by Rhode Island Medicine, can minimize the effects your disease has on your day-to-day life and long-term health as well as help ease the burden on your family and society as a whole.

What is involved in chronic care management?

The chronic care management provided by Dr. Ahmad and the skilled internal medicine team at Rhode Island Medicine includes:

  • Monitoring of health markers through blood tests or other evaluation
  • Dietary and exercise support
  • Lifestyle recommendations and behavior change
  • Medication review and management
  • Relevant screenings
  • Coordination of care among specialists

Your care management is customized to you. The team takes into consideration your home, work, environment, schedule, and preferences when making recommendations or treatment plans. 

What conditions fall under chronic care management?

The team at Rhode Island Medicine provide comprehensive, skilled management for a number of conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pain conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke/TIA
  • Thyroid disease

Cancer patients also benefit from general chronic care management as do older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

What is the goal of chronic care management?

Chronic diseases cannot be cured, but the effects of the symptoms and complications can be minimized so you live a high quality of life. Chronic care management seeks to prevent further escalation of your disease and to help you continue to do the things you love.

If you experience an acute issue associated with your chronic condition, such as erratic blood sugar levels as a diabetes sufferer or a flare-up of arthritis pain, the team at Rhode Island Medicine offers immediate treatment to help you find relief and resolution as soon as possible. 

How can I avoid needing chronic care management?

Minimizing your risk of developing a chronic disease is key in avoiding the need for long-term management and care. While you can’t change your genes or age, you can reduce behaviors that are known to contribute to the development of or worsening of chronic disease, including:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Poor dietary habits

Call Rhode Island Medicine today to schedule your chronic care management evaluation or use the online tool to request an appointment.