03 Oct Coordination Program Reduced ER Visits and Readmissions in Medicaid Population
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Roberta Capp MD
Director for Care Transitions in the Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director of Colorado Access Medicaid
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Medicaid clients are at highest risk for utilizing the hospital system due to barriers in accessing outpatient services and social determinants.
We have found that providing care management services improves primary care utilization, which leads to better chronic disease management and reductions in emergency department use and hospital admissions.
MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Response: Vulnerable populations have special needs in transitions care, multidisciplinary care coordination programs lead to cost savings, by lowering hospital based utilization.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: In the midst of congress trying to repeal the ACA, we see here that we can lower health care costs by providing value based services to vulnerable patients. However, our financial systems are not aligned to support these types of programs.
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Roberta Capp, Gregory J. Misky, Richard C. Lindrooth, Benjamin Honigman, Heather Logan, Rose Hardy, Dong Q. Nguyen, and Jennifer L. Wiler
Health Aff October 2017 36:101705-1711; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0612
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