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Hosp Case Manag. 2012 Oct;20(10):151-3.

Hospitals collaborate to reduce ED overuse.

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Abstract

ED Connections, a joint project of two competing hospitals in Lincoln, NE, has reduced the number of emergency visits by uninsured and underinsured frequent users by 56%, saving the two hospitals about $700,000 in uncompensated care costs. When patients being treated in the emergency department say they can't afford their medication or have other needs, they receive a card with the ED Connections phone number that they can call for help. When patients enroll in the program, staff conduct a psychosocial assessment and work with them to create an action plan and goals. The team works closely with patients to help them follow their plan of care.

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23091842
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