The state of Ohio has recently created a new coordinated care program designed to improve chronic care management and lower the cost of care. Anita Good, service line director at population health and care coordination at Lima Memorial Health System, suggests that the results have been positive thus far:
We have seen a reduction in our readmission rate, from double digit to single. I think it’s important because it keeps patients healthier, if they’re healthier they’re not going to come back in.
Deborah Roegge De Vita, chief network integration officer at St. Rita’s, echoed Ms. Good’s comments:
It makes the care process more efficient and the transition easier. There is a decrease in costs of care related to the redesign of the clinical process.
With Ohio and other states seeing the benefits of coordinated care programs, it won’t be long before other state health systems follow suit.