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Multiple chronic conditions target of new HHS strategy
Monday, January 10, 2011 | Chris Silva | American Medical News

Acknowledging that the U.S. health care system as structured is geared largely toward treating just one disease or condition at a time, the Dept. of Health and Human Services recently announced the creation of a public-private effort to tackle the growing challenge presented by multiple chronic conditions.

More than a quarter of all Americans -- and two out of three older Americans -- have multiple chronic conditions, and treatment for these individuals accounts for 66% of the nation's health care budget, HHS officials said. These figures are only expected to rise as the number of older Americans increases.

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