An estimated 125 million individuals in the United States have a chronic illness, disability or functional limitation. Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in the United States and account for three quarters of the nation’s health spending.
Nearly all of Medicare spending and more than 80 percent of Medicaid spending is attributable to chronic disease. But inadequate information technology, lack of integrated systems of care and financing mechanisms that do not promote care coordination are among the challenges that make chronic care costly and create barriers to ideal treatment.
What models for improving care coordination exist and how can they be more widely implemented? What role will IT play in improving treatment for chronic illnesses? What impact have new technologies had on treatment of chronic care? Is there evidence that improved treatment of chronic care can reduce costs? Or increase costs? This briefing, cosponsored with Novartis and the National Institute for Health Care Management, addresses these and related questions.
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