North Carolina Team Drives Down Medicaid Patients' ED Use

By: Guest Author | Posted on: Nov 04, 2016

This article was originally published on, by KAREN GARLOCH. View the original article by clicking here

Emergency Room, Medicaid, Healthcare Costs, Health Insurace, Emergency Department, Homeless Healthcare

Oct. 20--Four years ago, Anita Schambach spent part of her weekend diving into computerized claims data for Medicaid patients, searching for the ones who racked up the highest emergency room bills in the Charlotte region.

She heads an agency that manages care for patients covered by Medicaid, the government health program for low-income and disabled people. She knew that ER visits here were higher than the state average.

She wondered why.

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