Understanding how to provide better care for individuals with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is a priority for the Department of Health and Human Services. Persons with MCC represent almost one-third of the U.S. population and account for two-thirds of health care spending, yet most research on chronic conditions focuses on single diseases. In response to this growing challenge, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) led the development of the Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditionsi, a roadmap for federal MCC priorities.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has produced two white papers that contribute to one of the goals outlined by the HHS strategic framework: supporting targeted research around individuals with MCC and effective interventions. More specifically, each of the white papers addresses an HHS objective related to that goal: a) supporting research to identify common patterns of MCC, to help in targeting specific interventions for specific subgroups, and b) supporting research that addresses disparities in MCC populations.
i Available at http://www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/mcc