Florida 'System Of Care' Program Keeps People Out Of Hospital

The Florida Times-Union reports on a Jacksonville area program that is designed to "steer people who get most of their medical care in emergency rooms into a doctor's office" instead. "The people who joined the program in April and May were a sick bunch, having been hospitalized a total of 41 days over the previous three months. One of the program's goals is to envelop such patients in a 'system of care' ... that aims to prevent chronic health problems from sending these patients to a hospital." The effort is part of increasing national emphasis on prevention of medical problems. "President Barack Obama, for one, has emphasized repeatedly the importance of including wellness initiatives in a reform plan. Millions in economic stimulus money went toward creating and expanding preventive-care programs, and both health overhaul bills before the House and Senate are loaded with preventive measures" (Cox, 12/1).

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