Cincinnati hospitals report savings, quality improvement via healthcare reform

Despite the continued controversy over President Obama's healthcare reform law, hospitals in Cincinnati that have embraced the Affordable Care Act and are using new models to deliver care are already noticing savings and patient care improvement, reported Cincinnati. The publication reports Mercy Health, the region's only health system to become an accountable care organization, is using nurses to actively help patients manage their health from home. Mercy Health estimates its data will soon show a 50 percent reduction in readmissions of all patients and savings of more than $500,000 in the first year the model was tested, with only 310 patients. Other health systems in the area, including St. Elizabeth, TriHealth and Christ Hospital, are transitioning their physician practices to patient-centered medical homes. Article