Some people who file long-term care insurance (LTCI) claims have one terrible health problem, but plenty have two or more chronic conditions at the same time.
Are claimants with multiple conditions, or certain “packages” of conditions, different in any interesting way from patients who just have one serious condition?
The planning office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently hired consultants to analyze data on Medicare enrollees who have “multiple chronic conditions” — MCCs.
One package of conditions — metabolic syndrome — is hot.
Another common, much-studied package is a combination of depression, substance addiction and dementia.
HHS is thinking that there could be other packages out there that could be good targets for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost.