America’s Essential Hospitals, December 13, 2018
In the United States, a small percentage of high-needs patients account for a disproportionately high share of medical care and costs. The emerging field of complex care aims to better understand the needs of these patients and promote best practices for hospitals.
In this new field, providers identify a subset of their patient population with complex health and social needs that require a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to care. These individuals have clinically complex needs, functional limitations, and/or behavioral health conditions. They tend to use more health care services and cost more to treat but still have unmet needs.
The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (National Center), in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Center for Health Care Strategies, developed the Blueprint for Complex Care. The blueprint, recently revealed at the National Center’s annual conference, assesses the current state of the complex care field and provides a strategic plan to advance the goals of the movement and improve care delivery for vulnerable patients. Developers had input from experts and front-line stakeholders on the goals, needs, and priorities of the complex care movement.
Story written by ITI MADAN.