Project aims to reduce emergency room “frequent fliers” by tackling underlying social issues

From Michigan Radio:

Take funding from the Affordable Care Act, add a $70 million state innovation model grant to the state Department of Health and Human Services, and you’re about to see an ambitious new project that can change health care delivery in Michigan.

It’s called Michigan’s Blueprint for Health Innovation.

Dr. Paul Valenstein is the co-chair of the effort in Washtenaw and Livingston counties, one of five “community innovation” regions where this three-year project will launch next January.

Valenstein told us that the goal is to improve care for patients with both social and medical health needs by better connecting social care agencies with the health care system.

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