Hospital: Medical networks improve care, cut costs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Cheyenne hospital says a project that links hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in "medical neighborhoods" is improving patient care and reducing costs.

The Wyoming Institute of Population Health at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center launched the program with a $14.2 million award from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Monday (http://tinyurl.com/kn9fzvu ) the hospital estimates the program will save $33 million in health-care costs over three years.

The program emphasizes prevention and wellness and helps ensure patients take their medicines. It also helps reduce duplicated services.

Phyllis Sherard, administrator of the program, says hospital readmission rates for patients have been reduced to well below the national average.

The program uses videoconferencing so patients can speak with specialists hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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