There was an interesting article in the Cincinnati Enquirer recenty by health care writer Cliff Peale about super-utilizers.  The term refers to the people who are “frequent-flyers” in the emergency room.  It’s a provocative topic because when you dig into the numbers you find that a relatively small number of patients are responsible for a very high amount of health care spending.  The Health Collaborative, recently secured a two year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the needs of these super-utilizers and develop strategies that can help them seek care in more appropriate settings.  We are partnering with a community organization, Health Care Access Now to carry out this important work.  It’s so simple, but so innovative.  Give individuals what they need individually, and not only are they healthier, we potentially save millions in unnecessary health care spending.  We are proud to live in a city where this innovative work is happening and proud to be part of the solution.

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