Report Presents Interdisciplinary Perspective on US Health Care System

June 19, 2009

Models of Accountable, Coordinated Health Care: A Policy Paper of the National Academies of Practice presents recommendations on steps to promote and support a variety of health professionals in providing care and achieving optimal outcomes across care settings and types of care and throughout an individual's lifespan.

The report, published by the National Academies of Practice (an interdisciplinary organization of health professionals representing 10 disciplines), contains background and conclusions based on a review of the literature; information about a forum of experts held on March 28, 2009, in Arlington, VA; and committee deliberations informed by the literature review and forum proceedings.

Topics include the definition of an accountable, coordinated health care system and the case for its inclusion in health care reform; models of care (chronic care, medical home, home-based primary care, community-based care, and other models); supports needed to enable and enhance models of health care delivery; prevention and health promotion; and universal coverage. An executive summary, discussions and recommendations, definitions, and a reading list are included.

The report is available for download here PDF.