Imitation is the highest form of flattery—and it may end up helping greatly reduce the highest source of health-care costs in the U.S.
A new project is aiming to identify the kinds of treatments and models of care that lead to the best results for so-called high-need patients, and then try to replicate those results on a broad scale.( Tweet This)
Such high-need patients, often senior citizens and frequently suffering from multiple chronic health conditions, with multiple medical providers treating them, represent a very large fraction of total health-care spending in the U.S.
Treatment for an estimated 5 percent of the nation's population is responsible for about half—or $1.4 trillion—of total health-care spending annually, according to the National Institute for Health Care Management.
But some of those patients afflicted with heart disease, diabetes, and mental illness and other conditions end up with better health results, and at lower costs, than others. That phenomenon is at the center of the project being funded by the Peterson Center on Healthcare.
"What we want to do is find those programs that do it better, both from an outcome and cost standing ... and spread those features across the country," said Jeffrey Selberg, executive director of the Peterson Center.