New health system looks for ways to reduce costs, improve care

Kara Marxer
October 31, 2017 - 5:52 am

Kansas City is home to a new healthcare model, the creators of which call a physician-led, clinically-integrated network.  

Centrus Health is comprised of more than 1,600 doctors and three health systems.

"What we're trying to do is take better care of people and spend less money while we're doing it," said Jill Watson, executive director. 

The idea is to share best practices and reduce costs. One example of improving inefficiencies is to eliminate redundant procedures.

"If a patient has received a test somewhere else, it's not necessary for them to redo it, but obtain the results from that other test," Watson said. 

Centrus also looks for ways to reduce overutilization, like when a patient repeatedly visits the emergency room for minor health concerns. 

The formation of Centrus Health will affect more than 90,000 patients in the Kansas City area, Watson said. 

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