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Opinion

June 5, 2012 | Mike Coyne

Hospitals need to coordinate better to deliver the best care — and save money

Leaders on Beacon Hill should know that one of the key factors driving up health care spending is poorly managed and uncoordinated care delivery. Too often, patients are getting treatment from multiple providers that don’t talk to each other and lack any incentive to work together to keep costs down. This raises the overall price tag, and doesn’t result in better care.

Population health management — that is, coordinating health care in a more organized and informed fashion — is critical to improving results, and will entail three key factors: identifying and supporting the sickest patients, minimizing or preventing disease progression, and promoting a culture of health.

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