Five Foundations Combine Forces to Improve Health and Redce Costs for Chronically Ill Patients with Complex Care Needs

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Five national health care foundations today announced a new collaboration to transform care delivery for chronically ill patients who have the greatest need for health care services. These individuals, who are estimated to account for 5 percent of the U.S. population but 50 percent of health care spending, typically have multiple conditions that are exacerbated by challenging social needs and a limited ability to care for themselves.

Writing today in the New England Journal of Medicine, leaders from The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and The SCAN Foundation said they will launch resources later this year that are intended to help meet three urgent goals:

(1) Help health system leaders and other stakeholders develop a deep understanding of this diverse population and its needs;

(2) Identify effective ways to deliver higher-quality, integrated care at a lower cost to this population; and

(3) Accelerate the spread of these approaches across the nation.

Foundation leaders say this population merits heightened attention both because they have complex—and costly—health and social care needs, and also because they are disproportionately impacted by poor quality care.  Moreover, the need for action is urgent because the number of these patients, many of whom are older adults, will increase as America’s population ages.

Several promising programs and care models have demonstrated success in meeting the needs of these individuals, the philanthropists say, but few have spread beyond the demonstration stage to become standard across the country.

As part of this new collaboration, evidence-based tools and resources are now being curated and will be shared with health system leaders and other stakeholders later this year.

To read the full media advisory, click here. To read the full NEJM article, click here.

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