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HealthPartners says its model could save $2.4 trillion

HealthPartners says the nation could save trillions if other health-care organizations were only half as great as its system is.

President Obama recently asked health-care groups to identify at least $2 trillion in potential cost savings over the next decades. A HealthPartners study analysis announced today says we could save $2.4 trillion if others simply did what HealthPartners is already doing.

“If the rest of the nation achieved even half of what we have achieved through care system redesign, healthcare in America would be more effective and more affordable,” medical director Dr. Brian Rank said in the company’s statement. “We can revolutionize care on a national basis, by simply doing the things that are already proven to work.”

The company said the use of electronic medical records to assist doctors and nurses has increased the percentage of patients receiving “optimal” care for diabetes and heart disease. It also claims “perfect” heart attack care and say the efforts have reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by L.A. Krahn on 06/29/2009 - 12:53 pm.

    Let’s follow this rosy-scenario reasoning a step further, shall we? Two examples.

    If the rest of the U.S. were to follow the HealthPartners model:

    (1) we’d enjoy the pleasure of NOT being able to be covered at Mayo Clinic (as it’s not “in their network,” at least for Medicare beneficiaries)

    and

    (2) we can see HealthPartners and similar entities (HMOs) rack up unlimited reserves, rather than paying fully for our health care.

    Earth to HealthPartners: The HMO model is a dinosaur stuck in a tar pit. 70% of Americans want NO insurer or HMO at all, they are crying “Single Payer, ‘Medicare for all'”

  2. Submitted by Howard Miller on 06/30/2009 - 11:35 am.

    I’m insured and receive health care through Health Partners. I’ve been mostly pleased with their services. The cost is more than $1000 per month though and increasing, even as amount of co-pays also grow.

    They’re not as good on the ‘health maintenance’ side as they suggest.

    All this based only on my own experiences.

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