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Better Care for People with Complex Needs

One of philanthropy’s most important functions is to lift up the people our system cannot or does not serve well and champion new ways to meet their needs.

People with complex health and social needs--many of whom face challenges such as chronic conditions, behavioral health issues, food insecurity, homelessness, and a history of trauma--often encounter a health care system that is poorly coordinated, inefficient, and expensive. This group of people makes up just 5 percent of the population, but accounts for 50 percent of health care spending.

There are promising approaches that use both medical and social approaches to improve care for these people, but current systems must be improved to better meet their needs and lower the overall costs of care. 

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The Five Foundations Collaborative

A collaborative of five national foundations -- The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation -- is working to accelerate health system transformation for this important population. As a first step, this Collaborative partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create a dynamic website, The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) and Grantmakers In Health (GIH) have now joined with the Collaborative to promote The Playbook among funders and create the new Invitation to Innovation initiative.

Conference: Meet, Listen, Learn

The GIA/GIH Invitation to Innovation includes several activities designed especially for grantmakers during the next year:

  • An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and Communities: This one-day meeting gathered funders from across the country at the conference facility of the Gary and Mary West Foundation in La Jolla, CA, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. More information is available here.
  • Three webinars, including:
    • Better Care for Complex Needs: Priorities for the Field (Nov. 28, 2017; information and recording available here.) 
    • When Hospitals Deliver More than Health Care (April 19, 2018; information and recording available here.) 
    • Complex Care: Funding Big Problems on a Small Budget (information and recording available here.)   

For More Information

Please contact Maria Gonzales Jackson at Grantmakers In Aging at mgonzalesjackson@GIAging.org or call 703.413.0413, extension 102. 

The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

The Playbook is a collection of evidence-based resources for health system leaders, payers, policymakers, funders, and others seeking to learn more about promising care approaches for people with complex health and social needs. It provides direction on how to meet those needs through a variety of materials that detail care models, policies, and more.

For example, you’ll find:

  • A quick reference to 22 of the best and most rigorously tested care strategies for frail older adults and people with advanced illness, multiple chronic conditions, disabilities, and behavioral health issues
  • Case studies of health systems, hospitals, and clinics that are transforming best practices for these populations into common practice
  • A review of state trends in Medicaid long-term services and supports
  • A framework for educating and training clinicians to treat people with multiple chronic conditions
  • A six-module care redesign guide based on the experience of more than 200 health organizations nationwide

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