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Beyond the Camden Coalition’s Randomized Controlled Trial: Lessons for the Complex Care Field

By Lorie Martin | Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Beyond Camden Coalition's Trial

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Over the last month, many in the complex care field have been abuzz about the release of the randomized controlled trial (RCT) study for the nationally recognized Camden Core Model. While the study results were not positive in terms of reducing six-month readmission rates for a very high-need subset of patients, the findings highlight critical opportunities for improving care management interventions that target highly medically and socially complex populations.

The Better Care Playbook recently spoke with David Labby, MD, PhD, former chief medical officer for Health Share of Oregon, long-time innovator of care improvements for vulnerable populations, and member of the Playbook Advisory Group, who shared his perspectives on the implications of the Camden Coalition’s RCT results. The following is an excerpt from the Playbook:

Q: What are your biggest takeaways from the Camden Coalition RCT study?

A: Complex care is a field in transition. Many of us began with the simple notion that if we engaged with individuals with complex needs in an intensely patient-centered way, we could understand what they really need and refer them to appropriate services, which would help stabilize them. After our care management intervention, they would graduate with improved outcomes. This was, in effect, a “diagnose and treat” medical model; one might even say an acute care model based on “fixing the problem.”

Read the full interview at the Center for Health Care Strategies’ Playbook blog.

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