WASHINGTON, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Done right, remote health advising and other care management interventions can significantly reduce hospitalizations and medical spend for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries, Evolent Health (NYSE: EVH) experts report in the July issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.
Across Evolent partners in five regions, inpatient admissions were 21% lower and total medical spend was 22% lower for high-risk members who engaged in care management programs versus high-risk members who did not. Additionally, those reductions were roughly twice as large among “high fidelity” patients—those who engaged more deeply in the care management program. Among these patients, readmissions were 47% lower and medical spend was 42% lower than high-risk patients who did not participate.
Nearly all care management interactions—96%—took place over the telephone, an encouraging fact in an age of COVID-19-related social distancing.
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