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Accountable Care and Vulnerable Populations

Responding to the health care needs and costs of the overlapping populations of those who are clinically at-risk or socially disadvantaged remains a fundamental moral and financial challenge in the United States.  Among others, these populations include the frail elderly; the homeless; dual eligibles; low income individuals, especially within racial and ethnic minorities and rural Americans; at-risk young children; the mentally ill or cognitively impaired; and those with multiple or complex chronic conditions.  It is with this highly vulnerable group that payment reform and coordinated care efforts have the biggest opportunity to improve quality of lives, lower costs, and reduce disparities.  Progress will require coordinated federal, state, and private sector efforts, but the benefits to society as a whole and to these highly vulnerable individuals will be significant.  The selected topics will explore the opportunities and challenges of caring for highly vulnerable populations and organizations that are deeply involved in the efforts.

  • The Business Case for Addressing the Health of Highly Vulnerable Populations

    From a webinar sponsored by the AHLA Public Interest Committee.
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  • Insurance, Entitlements, and Charity Care

    The Business Case for Addressing the Health of Highly Vulnerable Populations.


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  • Using Population Segmentation to Provide Better Health Care for All

    The “Bridges to Health” Model.

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  • Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

    Recommendations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America.


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  • The Promise and Peril of Accountable Care For Vulnerable Populations

     A Framework For Overcoming Obstacles.



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  • Caring for Vulnerable Populations

    The American Hospital Association Board Committee on Research (COR) annually studies a topic in depth to provide the hospital field with relevant recommendations for advancing health care. In 2011, the AHA COR examined emerging practices in effectively coordinating care for vulnerable populations.


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  • Further Reading

    Additional articles and papers from this section.

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