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
Take CPR With You Wherever You Go
Stay connected to CPR while you're on the go, with the free Colorado Public Radio app for smartphones and tablets.
Thank You For Choosing To Join CPR's Community Of Support
Your gifts strengthen the foundation for fact-based journalism and music exploration in Colorado. Thank you to all current CPR supporters.
Most Viewed News
By Ben Markus
By Sam Brasch
By John Daley