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RECOGNIZING EFFORTS TO KEEP PATIENTS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL

December 23, 2015 - LAWRENCE, MA — The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission visited Lawrence General Hospital on Tuesday, December 22 at 2:00 pm, to officially launch the transformative work going on in our community to help complex medical patients manage their health outside of the hospital. Lawrence General is working with a $1.5 million dollar grant through the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) program, and is collaborating closely with community based care providers to support recently discharged hospital patients with their recovery.

The hospital, collaborating with Elder Services of Merrimack Valley has been enrolling patients in a pilot since April. The patients that are targeted are those with chronic health conditions that are exacerbated by social or other medical problems, putting them at higher risk for readmission after a hospital stay. Often, these complex patients become chronic users of expensive emergency and inpatient hospital resources, when their conditions could be managed outside the hospital with more intensive support.

Working together with community-based partners this program is putting together creative solutions to support better health for patients with significant challenges.

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