Diabetes-related hospital care largely avoidable

According to Modern Healthcare:

Appropriate primary care could have reduced costs for diabetes-related hospitalizations by $2.5 billion in 2001, or almost two-thirds, saving Medicare $1.3 billion and Medicaid $386 million that year, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said.

Maybe it could also cut down on the long waits in the hospital and shortage of beds.

March 3, 2005

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