Women are a key focus segment for health care organizations both because of the medical services they utilize as individuals and the influence they have on the health care of others. In one survey, 59% of women and 94% of working moms reported making or heavily influencing health care decisions for their entire families.
When used in four health care organizations in Colorado, the Bridges to Care program (which provides help to Medicaid patients who use the emergency department frequently) led to 30% fewer hospitalizations, a similar reduction in emergency department visits, and a 123% increase in primary care visits in six months compared to a control group.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s Prescription for the Future is true to its title and proposes a five- to 10-year agenda for transforming expensive, wasteful American health care into a system that delivers high-value care. This is a qualitative book based on case studies that identify and systematize how to improve quality, patient experience, and cost.