"My regular physician is very much a friend to me, so I feel comfortable going in and talking to her… I think that having that kind of relationship is very important for a person with diabetes or any disease. You need to trust your doctor, and trust yourself that you can ask questions."

‒ Elaine
Cleveland, OH

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In the News

A Hospital Reboots Medicaid To Give Better Care For Less Money

Sarah Jane Tribble

NPR - August 5, 2014

 MetroHealth's Medicaid waiver program delivered better care, better outcomes and better costs with population management approaches and care coordination. "All of the clinical outcomes are really amazing," said Randall D. Cebul, MD, in a 90.3 WCPN story featured on NPR August 5. Read or listen.


Beyond Camden: In Ohio, Will Providing More Care to High Utilizers Save Money?

Joseph Burns

rwjf.org - Sept. 25, 2013

 If a health system delivers more services to patients with chronic conditions, will it lose money or save money?To answer this question, the MetroHealth Medical Center, in Cleveland, is conducting a study of what it calls the Red Carpet Program. As the name suggests, MetroHealth is figuratively rolling out a red carpet for 150 patients with diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure and provide more care to these patients for 18 months. Then it will compare the before and after costs.
Read more.


Be Well: Choose Wisely

Sarah Jane Tribble

90.3 WCPN - Sept. 30, 2013

Amidst all the debate about healthcare in America are a couple of undeniable facts: We spend at least twice as much per capita as almost any other country; and countries that spend a lot less often have better health outcomes. One of the latest national efforts to address costs and benefits of medical treatments comes to Cleveland later this week. Read more or listen.

PCPs drive reduction in Cleveland hospitalizations

Mary Ellen Schneider

Internal Medicine News & Family Medicine News - March 8, 2013

Doctors in Cleveland are offering proof that a robust primary care system is the way to reduce health care costs.

Better Health Greater Cleveland – a group of 55 primary care practices across eight health systems – reduced hospitalizations for patients with diabetes, hypertension, angina, or heart failure by 10% between 2009 and 2011 by improving the quality of primary care in the region. Read more.

Internists should pursue innovative practice models

David L. Bronson, MD, FACP

ACP News - March 2013

The patient-centered medical home and the accountable care organization allow internists to do a better job caring for patients, and there is at least some early evidence that they may reduce the costs of care.

David Bronson, current president of the American College of Physicians, writes about Better Health Greater Cleveland.

Read more.

AMA details plan for cutting hospital readmissions

Kevin B. O'Reilly

American Medical News - February 18, 2013

Outpatient physician practices can play a key part in ensuring that patients have safe transitions in care and avoid preventable hospital readmissions, according to an American Medical Association report released in February.

Read article.

Cleveland Quality Initiative Saves $20.1M From Reduced Hospitalizations

Sabrina Rodak

Becker's Hospital Review - January 30, 2013

Better Health Greater Cleveland, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality initiative, reduced the number of cardiovascular hospitalizations in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, by an estimated 2,854  patients from 2009 through 2011, generating savings of $20.1 million, according to Better Health's 10th Community Health Checkup.

Read more.

Ohio's Better Health reports 10 percent drop in cardiovascular hospitalizations

Chris Anderson, Senior Editor

Healthcare Finance News - January 30, 2013

CLEVELAND – Better Health, a regional health improvement collaborative in northeast Ohio reported that hosptializations for cardiovascular conditions addressed by its programs fell by 10.7 percent in 2011, building on declines in 2009 and 2010. According to Better Health this is first time a decline in avoidable hospitalizations has been reported as a result of a regional health collaborative’s efforts.

Read the article.

Primary care gains reduce hospitalizations, cut costs in Cleveland study

Kyle Cheney

Politico - January 30, 2013

Stepped-up access to primary care doctors staved off nearly 3,000 hospitalizations in northeast Ohio, according to a new analysis, which found the region saved 20.1 million from 2009 to 2011 by preventing unnecessary hospitalizations for common heart conditions.

Read article on Politico (subscription required).

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for ED "Super-Utilizers"? Taking a Patient-Centered Approach

Sabrina Rodak

Becker's Hospital Review - December 18, 2012

"Super-utilizers" -- people who go to the emergency department frequently and often unnecessarily -- are often looked down upon, as they constitute a small percent of overall ED patients but account for the majority of costs. Some healthcare providers and the population at large perceive these "super-utlilizers" as nuisances -- people who make the ED crowded and contribute to long wait times and high costs. However, some healthcare organizations are taking a more patient-centered approach.....

Click here to read more about Better Health Greater Cleveland's Red Carpet Care program, funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that is underway at MetroHealth and two of its health plan partners, Medical Mutual of Ohio and Buckeye Health Plan. 

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