Improving Care for High-Needs Patients: July 6 Event

High-need individuals include an increasingly diverse group of people who may have functional limitations that affect their ability to get care or engage in activities of daily living, have high medical expenditures, and utilize a significant amount of care. In addition, these individuals may have severe, persistent behavioral health issues, or their conditions may be exacerbated by lack of housing, food, and supportive personal relationships. In the United States, care management for this population remains fragmented, uncoordinated, and reactive.

A new National Academy of Medicine special publication – which summarizes presentations, discussions, and literature from a three-part workshop series – examines how to improve the health and care for high-needs patients while balancing quality of care and associated costs.   

On July 6, the NAM will hold a discussion in Washington, D.C., to launch the new publication.  Topics include:

Advance copies of “Effective Care for High-Needs Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health” will be available to reporters beginning at 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 5.  The publication is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 6.  

The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 6, in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.  To receive a copy of the publication or to register to attend the event, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail  Those who cannot attend the event in person can watch a live webcast here