Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New RWJF Synthesis Report on Case Management for Patients with Complex Needs

A new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Synthesis Project report by Thomas Bodenheimer, M.D., M.P.H., and Rachel Berry-Millet, B.A., explores the various care management programs which seek to reduce costs and enhance quality of care for people with complex health care needs. Given that health care spending for people with five or more chronic conditions is 17 times higher than for those without them, health policy experts are looking toward care management as a means to improve quality and control costs for patients with complex health care needs.

Key findings from the report include: care management improves quality, but it may take time to see results; care management programs targeting the hospital-to-home transition are the most successful in reducing costs; successful care management programs include specially trained nurse care managers, in-person encounters and physician involvement; and current payment policies do not support the adoption of care management.

Read the research report and policy brief.

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