Slide 17.

Trends in Healthcare Costs and the Concentration of Medical Expenditures

Slide 17. Profiles for Improvement.

Slide 17. Profiles for Improvement.

  • The Camden Coalition focused on thirty-six super-utilizers. They averaged 62 hospital and E.R. visits per month before joining the program and 37 visits after—a 40% reduction.*
  • Their hospital bills averaged $1.2 million per month before and just over $0.5 million after—a 58% reduction.
  • Finding the next "Hot Spot:" Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care?
  • Focused efforts on the role of prevention and care management, obesity control, patient safety, accountable care organizations and reductions in medical errors.

* Atul Gawande, The Hot Spotters. The New Yorker, 1-24-11.


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Internet Citation: Slide 17.: Trends in Healthcare Costs and the Concentration of Medical Expenditures. November 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/nac/2012-07-nac/cohenmeyers/cohenmeyerssl17.html