Adjusted Clinical Groups Method (ACG) to allocate resources according to the disease burden of each health center

Published: March 1, 2016
Category: Bibliography > Papers
Authors: Muñiz P, Muñoz P F, Rojas J., Santelices C E
Countries: Chile
Language: Spanish
Types: Population Health
Settings: Government, Hospital, PCP

Santelices C E, Muñoz P F, Muñiz P, Rojas J.

BACKGROUND: Health care must be provided with strong primary health care models, emphasizing prevention and a continued, integrated and interdisciplinary care. Tools should be used to allow a better planning and more efficient use of resources.

AIM: To assess risk adjustment methodologies, such as the Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACG) developed by The Johns Hopkins University, to allow the identification of chronic condition patterns and allocate resources accordingly.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report the results obtained applying the ACG methodology in primary care systems of 22 counties for three chronic diseases, namely Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension and Heart Failure.

RESULTS: The outcomes show a great variability in the prevalence of these conditions in the different health centers. There is also a great diversity in the use of resources for a given condition in the different health care centers.

CONCLUSIONS: This methodology should contribute to a better distribution of health care resources, which should be based on the disease burden of each health care center

Rev Med Chil. 2016 Mar;144(3):291-7. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872016000300003. [Article in Spanish]


Resource Allocation,Population Health,Chile,Chile/epidemiology,Chronic Disease,Diabetes Mellitus/diagnosis,Diagnosis-Related Groups,Gender,Hear Failure/diagnosis,Hospitals,County/economics,Hypertension/diagnosis,Morbidity,Primary Health Care/economics

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