According to the CDC*, chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, and treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. These numbers highlight that new ways to prevent the onset and manage the care of patients with multiple complex chronic conditions will need to be found if the healthcare system is to remain sustainable. Providers and payers alike are developing new integrated care models in which patients become partners in the management of their own care, and in which healthcare professionals work seamlessly across the care continuum to better coordinate care. But while these new models are the vision for the future and continue to be an area of rich experimentation, important questions remain. For example, how successful will current and proposed chronic care initiatives be in bending the cost curve and improving the care of the chronically ill? Does the definition of medical care need to be redefined to take account of the needs of the chronically ill? What is the potential – and limitations – of self-managed care, and what does the future hold for patients taking much more accountability and responsibility for their care?
The FT-FMCNA Chronic Care Forum: The Key to Sustainable Healthcare will bring together key stakeholders in the care and management of the chronically ill - to include providers, payers, physicians and patients - to share frontline perspectives on the challenges and opportunities they face in integrating and improving care, and to discuss how current and emerging chronic care models are transforming the healthcare landscape.