Keep ’em out of the hospital

The Health Blog:

UnitedHealth Group and Walgreens say they’re teaming up with the YMCA on a program that will reimburse pharmacists and lifestyle coaches to help insured patients prevent and control diabetes.

Putting biases aside, isn’t this a great idea? What surprises me, no rubs me wrong, is that today’s healthcare providers (hospitals) can’t/won’t/don’t try programs like this (in more earnest). Maybe it’s a good thing on the disruptive innovation path (just sayin’). Kaiser (and select others) gets it right with their goal of keeping people out of the hospital.

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