Coordinate health care

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Coordinate patient care and provide coaching for patients and physicians to reduce duplicative or unnecessary referrals and admissions and to reduce medication costs.  Care coordination requires sophisticated integrated information systems as well as coaching arrangements.

Sometimes referred to as Integrated Care.

Consequences: Reduces follow-up actions from an initial physician visit that might result in duplicative or unnecessary services—referrals to specialists, ambulatory tests and procedures, hospital admissions—without adversely affecting health outcomes.  Also reduces ongoing medication costs by rationalizing use of prescription drugs.