Hospitals could probably divert most super-users

A large number of so-called hospital "super-users" could probably avoid their multiple inpatient stays with more coordinated care, according to data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Super-users could avoid hospital stays if they had better access to primary care services and there was a more concentrated effort to focus on the "social determinants" of health, such as poverty and employment history. Cutting down super-users could also greatly reduce healthcare costs--it's estimated super-users in Pennsylvania rack up more than $760 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments in 2012. >> Read the article at FierceHealthcare


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