HCC and its Live Well Clinics work with the local emergency departments to assist patients who frequently use the ER for primary care issues like diabetes, tooth pain, anxiety, hypertension, etc., with finding a primary care doctor.
Connecting patients with needed resources to live well.
Patients who don't have insurance are connected with primary care doctors in the area with sliding fee scales as well as individuals who can assist in applying for Medicaid or other forms insurance. If the patient has Medicaid, they are educated on the appropriate times to use the emergency department, given a list of locations that accept Medicaid, as well as instructions on how to contact the Live Well Centers' after hours answering service prior to utilizing the emergency department.
We know that patients who are managed in a primary care setting, where goals are established and a care plan is utilized, tend to have better outcomes and realize a significant savings in health care costs.