THE CHALLENGE:

REDUCE POTENTIALLY AVOIDABLE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT USE

Massachusetts employers, committed to addressing the high and rising cost of health care in the Commonwealth, are spearheading a new, collaborative effort to achieve immediate health care cost savings for consumers, employers, and state government. The multi-stakeholder campaign will focus on improving the appropriate use of the emergency department (ED) as a strategic step toward promoting a more affordable health care system. The goal is a health care system that delivers the right care, in the right place, at the right time, at the right price – every time. That's #rightcare4you.

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THE OPPORTUNITY:

ACHIEVE A 20% REDUCTION IN POTENTIALLY AVOIDABLE ED USE TO GENERATE MORE THAN $100 MILLION IN HEALTH CARE SAVINGS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS

This new Coalition aims to address the challenge of avoidable ED visits by aligning employer interests and efforts with other like-minded stakeholders, such as hospitals, health care providers, health insurance plans, labor unions, community organizations, and government. If successful, this effort will provide a model for future coordinated efforts to tackle health care costs.

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