Using Community Partnerships to Integrate Health and Social Services for High-Need, High-Cost Patients

The Commonwealth Fund, January 2018

Commonwealth Fund study that at efforts to integrate care in the United States that identifies five common challenges:

  1. inadequate strategies to sustain cost-savings, improvement, and funding;
  2. lack of accurate and timely measurement of return on investment;
  3. lack of mechanisms to share potential savings between health care and social services providers;#
  4. lack of expertise to integrate multiple data sources during health care or social services provision;
  5. lack of a cross-sector workflow evidence base.

Consensus is needed on the most appropriate payment models and ways to move away from fee-for-service.

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True Costs: Why we cannot ignore the failure in social care funding

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, October 2017

This report provides a warning to the government that the chronic under-funding of social care must be reversed. The report pinpoints key challenges faced by voluntary sector providers of adult social care, increasing demand for services, rising costs, and workforce recruitment and retention problems, which suggest that funding is insufficient.

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State of Care 2016-17

Care Quality Commission, October 2017

The CQC’s annual report on the state of the health and social care shows that the quality of care has been maintained despite some very real challenges. However, the complexity of demand for health care and adult social care services in England continues to rise.  The number of people with complex, chronic or multiple conditions is increasing. We have an ageing population, and the total number of years people can expect to live in poorer health continues to rise. These and other factors present different pressures in different parts of the system and care providers are under increasing pressure.

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Integrated health and social care

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, April 2017

This report investigates the Better Care Fund and concludes that it has missed its objectives to reduce emergency admissions and delayed transfers of care. The report strongly criticises the implementation of the Better Care Fund and argues that the focus on integration should be shifted towards the STP process.

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