South Carolina hospitals have enrolled more than 8,500 uninsured and chronically ill residents in “Healthy Outcome Plans,” surpassing a goal set by the state legislature last year.
Since July 1, 2013, every hospital in the state has been working to identify residents of its community who can’t afford care but suffer from chronic health issues. These chronic conditions often lead to frequent visits to hospital emergency departments. The plans, created at the request of the state legislature, are part of a statewide pilot program aimed at finding medical homes for South Carolinians who most frequently show up at hospital emergency rooms because they have no primary care provider.
Hospitals alone cannot take care of all of the HOP patients’ needs. Each hospital is developing partnerships with other hospitals and providers, as well other organizations in their area. These organizations help with food, housing, transportation, medications, and other needs.
As of July 31, 2014, hospitals had signed up 8,608 South Carolinians who use hospital services and suffer from chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. The next step is to develop plans for meeting their medical needs and helping make their living environments as healthy as possible. So far, individual care plans have been developed for more than half of those enrolled in the statewide, voluntary program.
For more information, click here or read this article from The State Newspaper, SC Healthy Outcome Initiative Focuses on Frequent ER Users