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Population-health approaches seen needed to address high-need GI patients

MedPage Today reports:

“As in other medical conditions, a small fraction of high-need, high-cost patients with gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases contribute disproportionately to hospitalization costs, according to a nationwide database analysis published in¬†Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

“The study found that across five common diseases, patients in the top two deciles of hospital utilization accounted for well over half of hospital costs and those in the top decile accounted for more than a third of costs, and in one case, reached almost 40% of costs.

“‘Population health management strategies directed toward identifying these high-need, high-cost patients and implementing multi-component chronic care models may improve the quality of care and reduce costs of care,’ the study’s senior author, Siddarth B. Singh, M.D., of the University of California at San Diego, told¬†MedPage Today.”

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