Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Reduces Cost

A new Johns Hopkins study has found that teams of nurses and physicians that provide proactive, evidence-based care for patients with chronic conditions reduce health care spending. The researchers found 24% fewer hospital days, 37% fewer nursing home days and 15% fewer emergency department visits in 500 patients enrolled in the Guided Care program. They estimate that this equals an average savings of $1,364 per patient. For more information on the study, click here.

Last month, during INQRI's 4th Annual Meeting, our co-director Mark Pauly (a healthcare economist) explained the importance of our program's focus on interdisciplinary collaboration.

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