Springfield Republican looks at CCA paramedicine program
January 9, 2017 § Leave a comment
Over at MassLive.com this afternoon, Springfield Republican/MassLive.com reporter Shira Schoenberg reports on the success of Commonwealth Care Alliance’s paramedicine program.
The story follows a recent trip by Massachusetts legislators to Minnesota, where they learned about ways that state has been reducing health care costs. Paramedicine was a key approach for Gopher State leaders:
“In Minnesota, if someone calls 911 with a non-acute problem, they may receive a visit from a paramedic, who is trained to treat certain symptoms and illnesses in a person’s home.
State Sen. Jim Welch, D-West Springfield, chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, both pointed to paramedicine as a program Massachusetts could potentially import as a way to cut back on unnecessary and expensive emergency room visits.
In fact, a similar pilot program already exists — and preliminary results find it is saving money. The program is run by Commonwealth Care Alliance, a nonprofit health care system, which is now considering expanding the pilot from Greater Boston to Western and Central Massachusetts.”
Schoenberg notes a recent brief that looked at CCA’s paramedicine pilot:
“In December, Mathematica Policy Research and the Center for Health Care Strategies, with support from Kaiser Permanente, released an evaluation of the pilot program. According to that report, in the program’s first year, 126 patients received a home visit. Of those, 81 percent were treated at home, while 19 percent were taken to the emergency department. (Some patients were instructed to see a doctor the next day.) There were no adverse health outcomes reported.”