Reducing ER Visits

They're frequent visitors to many US emergency rooms—the so-called "super utilizers" who make their way to hospitals for health problems often tied to poverty, homelessness and mental illness.

New York Times journalist Sabrina Tavernise explores pilot programs that are seeking to better manage these patients, many of whom are among the estimated 11 million who joined Medicaid after the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Some of the approximately 2 dozen projects employ social workers and medical outreach teams to help patients find housing, get a driver's license, access substance abuse treatment, shop for healthy food—whatever it takes to resolve medical problems and avoid costly visits to the ER.
The New York Times

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