How Can Safety-Net Providers Care for Uninsured Patients While Controlling Costs?
In 2000, researchers from the Lewin Group conducted a study of care management programs for uninsured and vulnerable populations.
Researchers examined care management programs that utilize a variety of techniques designed to control costs and ensure that patients with common, high-cost, chronic conditions receive appropriate, evidence-based services.
In a report entitled Care Management Programs for the Uninsured, the project team presented these findings:
- Safety-net providers are using care management strategies, primarily due to the high number of uninsured patients seeking care for preventable health conditions.
- Care management programs identify gaps in care and increase the demand for primary care visits.
- Additional funding for primary care is necessary to support and sustain care management programs.
Among the team's recommendations for organizations considering adopting such programs:
- Build long-term relationships between patients and providers.
- Secure buy-in from executive, medical and support staff.
- Use data to help highlight the program's status and what works.