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RN case managers embedded in primary care practices

Geisinger Health Plan (Danville, PA), has developed Health Navigator, a medical home model in which nurse case managers are embedded with primary care practices.  The objective of the program is to manage transitions, particularly to avoid unneccessary hospital readmissions; also to address safety issues in the patient’s home, and to help manage chronic conditions.  The salary for an RN case manager is about $80,000 in central Pennsylvania, but the savings generated by the program have covered these costs.

What I like about this article: It’s a concise description of a successful medical home model.

Source: Geisinger’s embedded nurses improve transitionsManaged Care;20(4):26-27, Apr. 2011.  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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