Imaging in the picture as Michigan draws up blueprint for comprehensive care coordination

Healthcare-economics experts in the Great Lakes State are preparing to tuck into a health-system makeover project that, they hope, will eventually yield tight care coordination—and thus substantial resource savings—on a grand scale.

Unnecessary emergency services will be a first target for coordinating inappropriate care down to size, and one long-term aim is to cut the number of patients with no primary care provider to none at all.

In an in-depth look at the plan, which is to begin rolling out next year, Crain’s Detroit Business reports that the state also wants to more than double the number of medical homes, to 1,000 serving 2.5 million patients, by 2020.

Crain’s notes that a medical home is a physician practice that is incentivized by bonus payments and has “agreed to follow guidelines that include expanded office hours for patients, a registry for tracking chronic diseases and ongoing care coordination with laboratories, pharmacies, imaging centers and specialty physicians.”

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