Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care? (NewYoker)

The Hot Spotters

The will, the experience, data.

Jeffrey Brenner… Camden, New Jersey… “If he could find the people whose use of medical care was highest, he figured, he could do something to help them. If he helped them, he would also be lowering their health-care costs.”

Verisk Health… supplies “medical intelligence”… Nathan Gunn… “The higher co-payments had backfired… The sickest patients became much more expensive because they put off care and
prevention until it was too late.”

Rushika Fernandopulle… Special Care Center… “program experienced a twenty-five-per-cent drop in costs”

 

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