The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers has announced grants totaling $8.7 million from AARP, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Atlantic Philanthropies to establish a national center focused on improving care for high-need patients.
Inefficient and ineffective care of such patients has been identified as a driver of unnecessary healthcare spending in the United States. The new center will bring together a range of practitioners around efforts to provide coordinated, data-driven, and patient-centered approaches to their care — including addressing needs that have traditionally been considered "non-medical," such as addiction, housing, transportation, hunger, mental health, and emotional and educational support — and will serve as an information hub for the growing field. The funding also will enable the Camden Coalition to house a scholar-in-residence focused on enhancing the evidence base for the field.
"Across the country, innovators are developing new models of healthcare delivery that lower costs and improve care for patients who are overwhelmed by the challenges of navigating the complexity of the American healthcare system," said Camden Coalition executive director Jeffrey Brenner. "By developing a professional home for those who are involved in this rapidly growing field, we hope to bring disparate efforts together to improve the research base, share emerging ideas, and inspire the next generation of health care providers."