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Thursday, 16th December 2010

HHS issues new strategic framework on multiple chronic conditions

HHS issues new strategic framework on multiple chronic conditions
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued its new Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions ? an innovative private-public sector collaboration to coordinate responses to a growing challenge.

More than a quarter of all Americans ? and two out of three older Americans ? have multiple chronic conditions, and treatment for these individuals accounts for 66 percent of the country’s health care budget. These numbers are expected to rise as the number of older Americans increases.

The health care system is largely designed to treat one disease or condition at a time, but many Americans have more than one ? and often several ? chronic conditions. For example, just 9.3 percent of adults with diabetes have only diabetes, according to the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). And as the number of chronic conditions one has increases, so, too, do the risks of complications, including adverse drug events, unnecessary hospitalizations and confusion caused by conflicting medical advice.

The new strategic framework ? coordinated by HHS and involving input from agencies within the department and multiple private sector stakeholders ? expects to reduce the risks of complications and improve the overall health status of individuals with multiple chronic conditions by fostering change within the system; providing more information and better tools to help health professionals ? as well as patients ? learn how to better coordinate and manage care; and by facilitating research to improve oversight and care.

+ HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions



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