Disappointing randomized controlled trial results show a way forward on complex care in Camden and beyond

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Two years ago, when I joined the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, I met with a client we’d been serving for nearly 18 months. When we first met Sarah, she was in the early days of recovery from heroin addiction, just starting to self-manage her medical conditions. She was living with her infant in a shelter. Following intensive work with the Camden Coalition and our partners, we were able to support Sarah’s successful transition to stable housing—and along with it, reliable food, peer support, and behavioral health care.

Today, she’s thriving.

Across the country, leaders, clinicians, think tanks, and payers are racing to find better ways to treat people like Sarah. These patients are what many call the “5 percent”—the small portion of the population that accounts for more than half of all health care spending.

The Camden Coalition has been at the forefront of this work since our founding in 2002. We’ve made tremendous progress and seen significant impact on many patients’ health and well-being. Yet, new evidence from a recent randomized controlled trial (RCT) shows that there is much more work to be done if we truly want to improve care, reduce costs, and advance overall health.

Noonan K. Disappointing Randomized Controlled Trial Results Show a Way Forward on Complex Care in Camden and Beyond. Health Affairs Blog. January 9, 2020. Available online.

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