TEAMcare is a comprehensive, cost-effective program designed to treat the whole person by breaking down costly care silos in addressing multiple medical and behavioral health conditions.
TEAMcare is already being successfully implemented in over 30 health settings throughout North America, and serves as a ready-to-implement model for Patient Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization programs.
Within 10 to 15 sessions TEAMcare care managers, backed by a case review team, empower patients and help them make lasting changes in health behaviors. TEAMcare case managers work closely with each patient's primary care physician to enhance self-management and the effectiveness of medications as a way of enhancing control of:
- blood glucose
- blood pressure
And it works! Clinical trials have shown that TEAMcare leads to significant change in all four of these outcomes with only one care manager per patient.
Improved care and better outcomes should cost more, but this program has been shown to reduce costs, with savings of $600 to $1100 per patient1 over two years.
How It Started
The TEAMcare program was developed through a 25-year multi-disciplinary collaboration between the University of Washington and the Group Health Research Institute. By testing what works and what doesn’t, revising and refining over the last two decades, this venerable team of researchers has created one of the most effective and cost-effective programs for treating individuals with chronic conditions.
1Cost-effectiveness of a multicondition collaborative care intervention: a randomized controlled trial. Katon W, Russo J, Lin EH, Schmittdiel J, Ciechanowski P, Ludman E, Peterson D, Young B, Von Korff. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22566583