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Paramedics' New Goal: Keeping Patients Out Of The ER06:24

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In the world of health care, the term "super-utilizer" is not as cool as it sounds. It describes the small percentage of Americans who account for a disproportionate share of costs in the system.

These are usually patients with complex medical conditions, people who cycle in and out of the emergency room, and likely aren’t getting the right level of care in the community.

The medical field is trying lots of ways to keep these patients at home. One idea is to train paramedics to make house calls. Todd Bookman from Here & Now contributor WHYY's The Pulse has the story.


This segment aired on November 12, 2015.


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