September 2, 2013
ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF AN HSA...:
Lessons in Maryland for Costs at Hospitals (EDUARDO PORTER, 8/28/13, NY Times)
This hardscrabble city at the base of the Appalachians makes for an unlikely hotbed of health care innovation.Yet Western Maryland Health Systems, the major hospital serving this poor and isolated region, is carrying out an experiment that could leave a more profound imprint on the delivery of health care than President Obama's reforms.Over the last three years, the hospital has taken its services outside its walls. It has opened a diabetes clinic, a wound center and a behavioral health clinic. It has hired people to follow up with older, sicker patients once they are discharged. It has added primary care practices in some neighborhoods.The goal, seemingly so simple, has so far proved elusive elsewhere: as much as possible, keep people out of hospitals, where the cost of health care is highest.
..is that it too will keep you out of expensive hospitals in favor of cheaper options.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2013 10:15 AM