Risk Identification and Care Models

As is well documented and frequently discussed in health care circles, there is a significant imbalance in health care spending in the United States. Over 50 percent of health care costs are incurred by only 5 percent of the population. This concentration of spending also exists within the senior population.  Amongst seniors, there is a subset of individuals often termed frail or high/risk who face functional decline, decreased quality of life, and significant health care spending. 

The frail and high-risk population has complex health and psychosocial needs. If these individuals are prospectively identified, their needs can be addressed through comprehensive models of care that lead to improved health outcomes and a reduction of health care utilzation. 

READ: Who are Frail and High-Risk Seniors and What Models of Care Support Them? A Literature Review - (.PDF)

By Brian Costello, M.D., with support from Nancy Bianchi, MSLIS, of the University of Vermont Dana Medical Library.




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