Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The article by Dr Naylor and
colleagues1 provides valuable insight into
how to reduce total cost of care while providing more home care to the elderly.
Using sound principles of targeting a high-risk group, intervening with inexpensive
preventive care, and setting goals that address both clinical and economic
responsibility, the authors developed a system that improved care while achieving
a remarkable 46% reduction in total health care cost.
Edes T. Comprehensive Home Care After Hospitalization of Elderly Patients. JAMA. 1999;282(12):1129. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-12-jbk0922