As many as 4 in 10 adult Americans have two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Nationally, people with chronic and mental health conditions account for 90% of the 3.8 trillion dollars of health care expenditures. Many people with serious illness may need care beyond the traditional medical model, but do not have access to services that meet these needs.
In the latest Quality Outlook blog series post in the Journal of Clinical Pathways, Real Chemistry Vice President Theresa Schmidt, MA, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Vice President, Care Improvement Vicki Buchda MS, RN, NEA-BC, and Real Chemistry Director Alexis Malfesi, MSHS discuss how a paradigm shift in care model design has the potential to transform clinical care, promote quality improvement, and hold providers accountable for delivering the care that patients with serious illness and their caregivers need. The post describes a new care model developed by the Arizona Coalition to Transform Serious Illness Care, a group of 40+ stakeholders in Arizona led by the AzHHA.