March 25, 2013
Chron Rx Health Blog
an SFGate.com blog
Hervy Luster has congestive heart failure, but isn’t great about remembering his doctor’s appointments or keeping track of his meds. But he has started to get better at managing his disease with the help of the Hope Center, a new program from the Alameda County Medical Center.
The Hope Center’s patients generally face problems like poverty or substance abuse that make it harder for them to manage their conditions. The center’s goal is to reduce how often the patients wind up in the hospital, which leads to better health outcomes and saves money. Nurse care managers and social workers offer additional social help to the patients and visit them to see what they’re facing outside the doctor’s office.
Funding for the Center came from a special local-federal partnership that sought to expand health coverage in California and bolster care in the state’s public hospitals. The agreement opened up billions of dollars for California counties to try to improve their public health services.
To read more about the Hope Center, and the effort to improve care in California’s public hospitals, head here.