In 2008, two Colorado safety net clinics were awarded grants to pilot a pair of projects aimed at reducing unnecessary emergency room visits. One in Alamosa tries to intercept people before they're treated at an E.R., and channel those with minor complaints to a new urgent care clinic. In Colorado Springs, they catch patients on the back end - after an emergency room visit an outreach worker gives them information on options for next time. The state's Medicaid director says both are working. Eric Whitney reports.
Reducing Unnecessary ER Visits
By Eric Whitney May 20, 2010
Colorado MattersMargeurite SalazarValley Wide Health SystemsMemorial HospitalAlamosaemergency roomHospitalMedicareEric WhitneyColorado SpringsHealth
Take CPR News With You Wherever You Go
Get CPR News updates and listen to stories and interviews on demand, with the free Colorado Public Radio app for smartphones and tablets.
"CPR is a part our daily life and we can't imagine going a day without it." - Kenell from Indian Hills, CO
Most Viewed News
By Megan Arellano And Nathaniel Minor
By The Associated Press
By Sam Brasch
By Ben Markus