New Case Study Series on Care for “High-Need, High-Cost” Patients

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<p>Today The Commonwealth Fund is launching a new series of case studies profiling innovative programs designed for patients with the most complex needs—a high-need, high-cost population that accounts for a disproportionate share of U.S. health care spending.</p><p>The programs, which target such groups as the frail elderly, people with both physical and behavioral health conditions, and those with physical disabilities, show how new care approaches can simultaneously improve care and rein in spending. Readers will learn about each model’s key features, financing mechanisms, and early impact on patient experiences, health care use, and costs.</p>
<p>Our series kicks off with a profile of <a href="/publications/case-study/2016/jul/bringing-primary-care-home-medical-house-call-program-medstar">MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Medical House Call Program</a>, which is participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Independence at Home Demonstration. This promising program relies on geriatricians, nurse practitioners, and social workers to make house calls to frail elders who are unable to make it to the doctor’s office. </p>
<p>Learn more about our new case study series on The Commonwealth Fund blog <em><a href="/blog/2016/caring-high-need-high-cost-patients-exemplars-field">To the Point</a></em>.</p> Read the profile