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UHC: What Do Employers Want? Better Chronic Condition Management

A survey conducted by Advisory Board and commissioned by UnitedHealthcare found that the majority of surveyed employers ranked the high costs of chronic disease management as the pain point they felt could benefit most from innovation.¹


Asked to choose the top 3 areas for which they’re seeking more support from the health care industry in the next 5 years, 60% of respondents selected improving care management for costly conditions, while 55% selected advancing early identification and treatment.¹


It’s no wonder because 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have a chronic disease and 4 in 10 adults have 2 or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).²  Since treatment for chronic conditions may entail hospitalizations, pricey specialty medications and a higher utilization of medical services, the cost to employers can often be significant.


Keep reading on to learn more about how employers are seeking innovative strategies and support from the healthcare industry to manage the high costs and complexities of chronic disease management.




1. Research Report: The future of health care: What matters to employers. UnitedHealthcare, 2023. Available:


2. About Chronic Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July 21, 2022. Available: Accessed: Apr. 16, 2024.