Healthcare providers around the country are starting to change their strategy for dealing with rising costs. Some are deciding to invest money in care coordination, saying it will save money in the long run and improve the quality of care. These same providers also want to teach patients to care for themselves, believing that management of medical conditions outside the hospital will prevent crises from happening. One of the reasons behind this shift is that Medicare is penalizing hospitals with lower reimbursements when patients have been admitted repeatedly for specific conditions. Focusing on prevention will help avoid some of these repeat visits. Speaking with patients has lead to patients taking their medication and making other lifestyle changes that positively affect their health. Only time will tell but maybe lots of little improvements will add up to big savings to the health system while simultaneously improving the health of patients.
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