The Paramedics Who Keep People OUT Of The ER

Jun 23, 2017

It's a familiar story in American health care: people getting their primary medical care from a hospital emergency room instead of a primary care physician. 

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

The air and ground ambulance service Mercy Flights teamed up with Jackson Care Connect to try a new approach in Jackson County. 

And the pairing got a grant to test the theory.  It worked: people who got regular visits from paramedics in non-emergency situations cut their ER visits in half.  More than half, actually (56%). 

Doug Stewart of Mercy Flights and Anne Alftine of Jackson Care Connect visit to give the details on the program, and how the findings can be used.