Do you know what percentage of Primary Care Physicians believe they are unable to manage patients with multiple chronic conditions?
An international survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund in 2015 found that 24 percent of U.S. primary care doctors believe their practices are unable to properly care for patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs) 1. With the number of those who suffer from chronic disease projected to affect 48 percent of the population by 20202, the need for a change in the handling of individuals with MCCs is critical. One issue reflected in the survey was the failure to communicate. The implementation of a multidisciplinary team has shown an improvement in the coordination of services among professionals. In doing so, Benefit Performance Associates, home of the Integrated Health Advocacy Program (IHAP), has shown a reduction in Emergency Room visits, Prescribed Medications, and Inpatient Hospital Days for these individuals.
- Primary Care Physicians In Ten Countries Report Challenges Caring For Patients With Complex Health Needs. (2015). Health Affairs, 34(12), 2104-2112 9p. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1018
- Milani, R. V., & Lavie, C. J. (2015). Health care 2020: reengineering health care delivery to combat chronic disease. The American Journal of Medicine, 128(4), 337-343. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.047