Improving Care for Those Who Need It Most

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Faustino Gazan, 47 years old, has diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and a genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome. He is what many in health care refer to as a “high-need, high-cost” patient—part of a growing population that experts say health systems should be targeting—both because they need the most help and because they have the biggest impact on national health spending.

In a new Commonwealth Fund multimedia article, you can learn about the many challenges Gazan and his nurse-caregiver face on a daily basis, and about new models of care that have been developed to help providers segment their patient populations and tailor treatments. You will also read about the financial and other barriers to implementing new approaches to care for complex patients.