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March 31, 2014

Health providers holding down costs while better coordinating care

Health providers holding down costs while better coordinating care

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Teams consisting of a physician, nurse practitioner and a support person go out regularly to sites that have contracted with the clinic.

“They get to know the people, which helps with their care. We have four (sites) signed up already, and we think it will be very popular and we expect a lot more to sign up.”

The clinic also started a new dialysis center, in partnership with DaVita Dialysis, at Madison East Center. Farrow said it is popular with patients.

“It’s really exceeded our expectations. We just saw a growing need for that service, unfortunately. People have to come in at least three times a week and spend several hours, so we want to make it a nice place for them. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback.”

The clinic also spent last year beefing up the psychology and psychiatric departments.

“We’ve really expanded there. We added two or three more providers that focus on children’s behavioral health. That was a big need we couldn’t meet before.”

All told, the clinic added 17 new physicians and advance-service providers last year.

“We continue to grow. The future of health care is obviously uncertain with all the reforms. But we think if we stay focused on trying to provide the best care possible and creating excellent patient experiences, we’ll be successful,” Farrow said.

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