Dr. Atul Gawande: Commonwealth Care Alliance makes “extraordinary turnarounds”

June 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

At Commonwealth Care Alliance, we were honored and grateful that surgeon, writer, and public health researcher Dr. Atul Gawande discussed our organization on a recent broadcast of NPR and WBUR’s On Point.

Gawande took part in a segment on the state of healthcare in America that touched on care coordination, the Affordable Care Act, and the future of the healthcare industry.

During the interview, he highlighted Commonwealth Care Alliance as an organization who understands and addresses the needs of our nation’s sickest patients.

He elaborated by saying, “There’s Commonwealth Care Alliance, right here in Boston, that’s taking care of the sickest, the most disabled people on Medicaid and making extraordinary turnarounds that are improving their quality of results, keeping them out of the hospital, keeping them out of the emergency room. These are folks that were costing more than $5,000 per month, and they’ve already cut their costs by 40% while providing real care. I tell you, the sickest have received the worst care because we haven’t built the system to pay attention to their needs.”

You can view the whole segment with Dr. Gawande below. To hear him talk about Commonwealth Care Alliance, tune into the 16:30 mark.

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