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Frequent Users of Health Services

Frequent Users of Health Services

Most communities experience a small number of individuals who repeatedly and excessively utilize hospital emergency department and inpatient services as their primary source of medical care. Their problems tend to be complex, often including chronic illness, substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness. This paper documents “frequent users” and the large share of medical costs they generate for conditions that could have been prevented or more appropriately treated in other community settings and identifies the importance of addressing the needs of frequent users to improve the health of vulnerable individuals and simultaneously improve the health care system.

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#TBT: Mental Health Month—Managing Schizophrenia

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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E.V.I.dently April 2015

MessageThe Health Care Paradigm Shift: Moving From Volume to ValueAs our health care payment and delivery systems shift from volume-based to...
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Biodiversity and Health Care Quality: The 21st Century Challenge

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#TBT: National Minority Health Month & Health Equity

As part of our “Throwback Thursday” blog series, we’re taking a look at a topic that’s currently in the news and tagging it with previous...
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Improving Patient Outcomes and Costs in an ACO Through Comprehensive Medication Therapy Management

Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2014)—A case study published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy...
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Study Quantifies Impact of Pharmaceuticals on Enhanced Productivity

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Pharmaceuticals Play Key Role in Achieving ACO Quality, Cost Goals

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NPC Comments on CMS' Proposed Changes to Protected Classes

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Living Up to Its Name? The Role of Patient-Centered Research

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The Risks of Standardized Health Care

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Accountable Care Measures for High-Cost Specialty Care and Innovative Treatment

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Shifting the Focus From "How Much" to "How Well" We Spend Our Health Care Dollars

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A group of leading researchers developed a set of 13 best practice principles that could help to...
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