May 28, 2014
This article was reported by The Daily Californian.
The Daily Californian reported that a program that reorganizes primary medical care with a model centering on individual needs has greatly decreased need for hospitals to readmit patients. The University of California-funded program, called patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), is a healthcare system rather than a physical space, which five medical centers in the San Francisco Bay area piloted.
Highland Hospital saw a 44-percent decrease in readmission rates. Before PCMH, Highland admitted 89 patients for HIV treatment, 35 of whom needed readmission within one month. After initiation of the program, Highland admitted 63 patients for HIV treatment, with only 14 needing readmission within a month.
"Patients with HIV/AIDS benefit from the PCMH approach because it helps clinics centralize patient care information and better track individual patient needs," said George Lemp, director of the California HIV/AIDS Research Program through the University of California. Lemp added that the program will continue for another year, and that program directors plan to expand the model to treat patients with other chronic diseases, with a $5 million investment from Alameda County.
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