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Savannah, Ga. – Care Coordination an Important Part of Decreasing Hospital Visits

At Memorial Health, a medical system based in Savannah, Georgia, a new emphasis is being placed on care coordination in order to prevent persons with specific conditions from coming to the hospital several times a year. The system is investing $500,000 per year and hired five care coordinators whose job it is to pay special attention to patients with poorly controlled chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

In one particular case, “working with the patient’s wife until she felt comfortable measuring her spouse’s insulin levels, and comfortable delivering insulin, made a big difference to a patient with diabetes who tended to show up in the emergency department two or three times a year.”

For more on this, see NPR’s article.

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