Researchers from the University of Minnesota have recently examined how much money health care homes have saved the state. Health care homes are certified primary care clinics that manage patients’ overall care while providing extra support to patients who are chronically ill.
This study showed that over a five-year period, the State of Minnesota saved over $1 billion due to health care homes. Patients who received primary care from one of these facilities were less likely to need lengthy hospital stays. Additionally, they only rang up about $7,200 in healthcare expenses each year – 9% less than patients who received primary care services in a traditional setting.
These findings were released by the University of Minnesota on February 9, 2016.