Regional Insights: Less Health Care Could Be Better For Us

Last month's column explained how high prices for health care services are a major cause of high health insurance costs both in Pittsburgh and other regions ("Regional Insights: Health Care 'Business as Usual' Not Good Enough," July 3). But health care costs in the Pittsburgh region are also high because we hospitalize people more often than any major region in the country.

Trying a New Approach to Primary Care: Prevention

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars.

Take the Patient Pledge

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

What is Patient Centered Medical home (PCMH)?

This concept is part of a national movement designed to create a system where every patient has one provider who serves as their "home" or home base, handling every aspect of your care. This physician will serve as one central point of contact for your care team and manage everything from test results, medications and care with specialists of any type.

Regional Insights: Health care 'business as usual' not good enough

The prospect of a "divorce" between the region's largest health insurer (Highmark) and the region's largest hospital system (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) has caused concern for many residents of the region. Will they have to switch doctors or change insurance? Many community leaders have called on Highmark and UPMC to settle their differences and return to business as usual.

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