Some patients use health care in ways that may be ineffective or even dangerous. Medicaid managed health care plan CareSource, uses SAS® analytics to identify such patients. The major Ohio-based not-for-profit observed that patients with chronic health conditions often visit hospital emergency rooms repeatedly. With SAS, CareSource identifies such patients rapidly so that interventions can be made to improve patient care while reducing costs.
“Using SAS, we discovered one patient with 27 doctor visits in one month and 30 prescriptions – seven just for asthma,” said Cathy Meade, Director, Decision Support and Informatics at CareSource. “Some were taking medicines prescribed by different doctors that were contraindicated. Other patients who visited the ER many times for headaches had more CAT scans than is healthy.’’
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