Nearly half of all health care spending in the U.S. is driven by just five percent of the population (AHRQ, 2010), and this needn’t be the case, reports the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
There is a tremendous opportunity to coordinate care for people with complex health and social needs, resulting in better health outcomes, improved care experience, and lower costs. The freely available IHI white paper, Care Coordination Model: Better Care at Lower Cost for People with Multiple Health and Social Needs, outlines methods and opportunities to improve care for people with complex needs, and highlights ways to better allocate resources to meet the range of needs in this population.
For those who want to take it one step further to improve health outcomes and lower costs for this population sustainably, and at full scale, consider IHI’s newest Collaborative, Better Health and Lower Costs for Patients with Complex Needs (begins July 23). During this 12-month Collaborative, participants will craft comprehensive care designs that meet this population’s needs more effectively at a significantly lower cost.