Study Renews Hope for Care Management, Coordination Effectiveness

New data finds that care coordination and care management efforts are effective, counter to previous evidence.

A new study is shedding light on complex care management and care coordination, suggesting that those strategies are effective at improving patient health outcomes and cutting healthcare spending.

This comes on the heels of previous research suggesting the contrary, that care coordination and complex disease management do not improve outcomes.

The study, published in the American Journal of Managed Care, revealed that complex care management can boost key performance indicators, such as hospital utilization, and cut down on healthcare spending.

These findings come as the medical industry continues its work to address complex patient populations. Individuals experiencing social risk factors – known as the social determinants of health – as well as one or more chronic illnesses make up only a portion of the US population but account for the lion’s share of healthcare spending.

Complex care management and care coordination have arisen as key strategies for addressing these populations. Using extensive team-based management strategies, organizations are able to meet basic health or social needs before they escalate into more complex – and more expensive – issues.

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