Extra Attention Keeps Frequent Fliers from Landing in the ER

From the Bridge:

A groundbreaking health care clinic in Grand Rapids expects to save millions of dollars a year by targeting a chronic cause of high medical costs: patients for whom the emergency room is a virtual revolving door.

Based on early results, the director of the Spectrum Health System clinic projects savings of $12 million to $15 million in annual Medicaid and Medicare costs by reducing emergency room visits among a group of  “high frequency” users.

“Ultimately this will save money for the taxpayers long-term,” asserts Dr. Corey Waller, who designed and directs the clinic that aims to develop comprehensive treatment and support for each of these patients. Waller pegged the potential savings of a statewide system at near $300 million.

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