On August 7th , 2009, the National Health Policy Forum hosted a site visit to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for more than 40 senior staff members of numerous federal executive and legislative agencies. It was titled Coordinating Care for Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions: the Guided Care Model and Other Innovative Approaches. This was the second Guided Care site visit by policymakers, with the first having been oversubscribed.
Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA, Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Principal Investigator of the randomized control trial of Guided Care, described the key components of Guided Care and presented the preliminary results from the RCT to the visitors: improved quality of patients’ care, reduced use and cost of expensive services, reduced caregiver strain, and improved physician satisfaction with chronic care.
“Guided Care is the first form of comprehensive health care for high-risk Americans that a rigorous scientific study has shown to be cost-effective,” said Dr. Boult.
Participants included representatives from the Congressional Budget Office, the Congressional Research Service, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the John A. Hartford Foundation, one of the funders of the recently completed, three-year, multi-site randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Guided Care.