Pilot program creates job to coordinate care
An internist at Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital is using a $6 million grant to find out whether a strategy that combines electronic medical records, contracts between patients and doctors, and the skills of care guides can improve health and reduce costs for poor, chronically ill patients. The program aims to prove that coordinating care and preventing problems from developing will save money—as well as convince health insurers that it's worth the cost.
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