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POPULATION HEALTH: How many complex patients?

Data on complex patients are provided based on an analysis done by PricewaterhouseCoopers of data collected in the federal government’s 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.  The following are some national counts of patients, “visits” are not defined in the text:

  • 24.7 million people are complex chronic patients (average of 13 visits each year)
    • 4.9 million of these are complex chronic patients who are top spenders (average of 29 visits each year)
      • 2.9 million of these have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (average of 30 visits each year)

Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers. (2016, May). Population health: Scaling up. Health Research Institute Spotlight. Click here: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/health-industries/health-research-institute/publications/pdf/pwc-hri-population-health.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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