National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs

National center to help communities to improve care for patients with complex needs

The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers has announced plans to establish a national center to improve care for high-need patients who experience poor outcomes despite extreme patterns of hospitalizations or emergency care. Inefficient and ineffective care of these patients has been identified as a driver of unnecessary health care spending in the United States. AARP, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are collectively providing $8.7 million to fund the center.

The Camden Coalition has been a leader in identifying these patients and working to improve their care through coordinated, data-driven, and patient-centered approaches—including addressing needs that have traditionally been considered “non-medical,” such as addiction, housing, transportation, hunger, mental health, and emotional and educational support. The national center will bring together practitioners working with these patients around the country and serve as a hub to unite and advance the nascent field.

Putting Care at the Center, the inaugural National Center conference will be taking place November 15-17 in California.

For more information about the national center please contact nationalcenter@camdenhealth.org.

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