Wednesday, July 20, 2016
VCU Health is one of six organizations chosen to participate in Transforming Complex Care, a multi-site demonstration aimed at refining and spreading effective care models that address the complex medical and social needs of high-need, high-cost patients. This national initiative, made possible with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by the Center for Health Care Strategies, will work with six organizations to enhance existing complex care programs within a diverse range of delivery system, payment and geographic environments.
“As the largest safety net health care system in the Commonwealth of Virginia, VCU Health provides services to large populations of patients who encounter health-related social issues,” said Sheryl Garland, vice president of health policy and community relations, VCU Health System. “Often, these issues impact the health outcomes for patients.”
Health care policymakers, payers and providers across the country increasingly recognize the need for integrated care models for patients with complex needs, a population that accounts for disproportionate health care costs. These patients frequently have multiple medical, mental health and substance use treatment needs, and face social and economic challenges that further complicate their health outcomes.
“The Transforming Complex Care initiative provides an opportunity to expand the health system’s population health model for complex patients by providing additional resources to identify and address many of these social determinants of health,” Garland said. “The lessons learned from this initiative can be utilized by providers, payers and policy makers who are working to enhance the care delivery system for the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
VCU Health was competitively selected to participate in the initiative along with five additional sites intentionally drawn from small- to mid-sized cities. Each site will receive funding support and participate in a learning collaborative offering 1-to-1 and group technical assistance, peer exchange and tools. Additional sites and the regions they serve are:
- AccessHealth Spartanburg; Spartanburg County, South Carolina
- Mountain Pacific Quality Health Foundation; state of Montana
- OneCare Vermont; state of Vermont
- Redwood Community Health Coalition; northern California
- ThedaCare; eastern Wisconsin
“Caring for patients with complex needs requires innovative programs that go beyond medical issues to address unmet social needs,” said David Adler, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The Transforming Complex Care sites will support a culture of health by building the evidence base on improving care for high-need, high-cost patients.”
Over two years, the sites will refine targeted strategies across six key domains for improving complex care: (1) care model enhancements; (2) data and analytics; (3) workforce development; (4) financing and accountability; (5) governance and operations; and (6) policy and advocacy. As the program progresses, CHCS will share lessons and tools from the sites’ experiences. Look for more information at www.chcs.org.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit
About VCU and VCU Health
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.
About the Center for Health Care Strategies
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a nonprofit policy center dedicated to improving the health of low-income Americans, especially for individuals with complex, high-cost needs. CHCS works with state and federal agencies, health plans, providers, and consumer groups to advance innovative and cost-effective models for organizing, financing, and delivering health care services. For more information, visit www.chcs.org