Implications of Growing Prevalence of Multiple Chronic Conditions: Needs Great, Evidence Lacking

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One of the most pressing challenges facing our health care system today is how to care effectively for the significant and growing number of Americans coping with more than one chronic condition. The population affected is significant: more than one in four Americans lives with multiple chronic conditions (MCC), including one in 15 children. Two out of three Medicare beneficiaries, including those also covered by Medicaid, have more than one chronic condition, reducing the quality of life for seniors and driving health care costs up significantly. Nearly two thirds of that spent on health care in the U.S. is directed toward care for the twenty-seven percent of Americans with multiple chronic conditions.

Building the evidence base is a critical need for this significant and growing population, and for the decision makers who are developing policies relevant to the care of all patients in the U.S., but particularly to these resource-intensive patients who utilize and depend upon the health care system most frequently.

As a follow up to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease’s November 2012 roundtable and white paper, Needs Great, Evidence Lacking for People with Multiple Chronic Conditions, this briefing will convene health care experts to explore and identify gaps in existing research and future opportunities that could result in better care, decision-making, and outcomes for people coping with and at risk for developing MCC.

Featured speakers include:

  • Ken Thorpe, Emory University School of Public Health & Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
  • Joe Selby, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Myrl Weinberg, National Health Council
  • David Shern, Mental Health America
  • Terry McInnis, Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
1:00 pm (lunch available); panel discussion 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served in compliance with the Widely Attended Event exception to the Congressional Gift Ban. 

Senate HELP Committee Hearing Room
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building


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