Pinch Hitting

Source: Michelle Ancell, State Legislatures, Vol. 41, No. 8, September 2015

Doctor shortages in rural America have paramedics stepping up to the plate when needed. … Community paramedicine systems are popping up in Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri and Nevada to provide health care where few services exist. Often, they save money for patients, hospitals and insurance companies, mostly in avoided costs. A leg amputation, for example, costs around $76,000. That’s about what it would cost to fund community paramedic home visits to Robert for 11 years. Minnesota reported that because of the paramedicine program there, Medicaid providers serving 100,000 residents spent $10.5 million less in 2014 than analysts projected they would. ….