Columbia Medical Associates saves $6.5 million in total cost of care by tackling ED visits

Healthcare IT News: Columbia Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group practice based in Spokane, Washington, needed to rein in its rising healthcare costs and decided that one key area to focus on was reducing emergency room visits.

The practice participates in both an accountable care organization as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which provides a wealth of data to assist with adding value to its patients. Through those programs, ER utilization was identified as the biggest opportunity through benchmarking against peers to bend the cost curve.

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