What are disease management programs (DMPs)?
Disease management programs (DMPs) are structured treatment plans for people who have a chronic disease. They are also called “structured treatment programs.”
These programs are based on the latest medical research and aim to guarantee high-quality care for patients. DMPs ensure the close coordination of various treatments and regular check-ups, for example. But they also provide advice and instruction about coping with your disease.
In Germany, they have been offered by statutory insurers working together with doctors since 2002. Patient participation is voluntary and free of charge. Doctors who provide treatment as part of a DMP have to fulfill certain requirements and follow defined quality standards.
In Germany, DMPs are currently available for people with these chronic diseases:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Breast cancer
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)