Today, only 5% of patients account for nearly half of the nation's spending on health care. How do we improve care management for these patients while also balancing quality of care and costs?
To advance insights and perspectives on how to improve the care of these high-need patients, the National Academy of Medicine, with the guidance from an expert planning committee, convened three workshops to explore opportunities for improving care and outcomes for high-need patients.
Summarizing and building upon the workshop discussions, Effective Care for High-Need Patients, identifies key characteristics of the high-needs population and introduces a new patient taxonomy that segments high-need patients based on the care they need and how often they need it to help provide better care management to improve their health. It also includes insights into successful models of care and opportunities for a path forward.
Improving care for high-need patients is not only possible--it also contributes to a more sustainable health system. But progress will take a coordinated effort from policy makers, payers, providers, and researchers, as well as patients and their loved ones.