Improving outcomes on a national level for people with complex needs requires extensive collaboration and a single body to coordinate and align progress being made by organizations and programs across the country. The Complex Care Field Coordinating Committee (FCC) was established in 2019 to coordinate and align activities underway to advance the field of complex care.
The five organizations that make up the FCC are invested in developing the field, represent strong networks, and take a systems-level perspective. The organizations are:
- Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
- Camden Coalition’s National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (project lead)
- Center for Health Care Strategies
- Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Many of the activities that the FCC oversees are in response to the 11 recommendations laid out in the Blueprint for Complex Care. The Blueprint is a strategic plan for advancing the field of complex care, published in 2018 by the National Center, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
So far, the FCC’s work includes:
- An annual “state of the field” brief
- Development of complex care core competencies, through an expert working group, with input from the broader field.
- Initial research into the establishment of standardized quality measures for the field of complex care, resulting in a report and accompanying brief that include eight recommendations for next steps
- Creation of an informal coalition of national organizations, titled Coordination Complex Care COVID-19 Community Response, to share resources and work collaboratively to address the needs of individuals with complex needs, and the organizations serving them, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Coordination around strategic planning and communications on behalf of the complex care field.