What care models are promising?
Many pioneering programs have reduced avoidable utilization while improving health outcomes. The most promising models create interdisciplinary teams that collaborate to meet the person’s needs for primary care, transitions after a hospitalization, palliative care for advanced illnesses, and/or long-term services and supports.
Although the evidence base is evolving, many existing models meaningfully improve a person’s quality of life. It is therefore important to continue testing promising care models in different settings and contexts, and to develop better measures of person-centered outcomes and effects on total cost of care in order to guide the development of financially sustainable and scalable models.