August 2, 2012

Shands Consolidates Clinics for Uninsured; Could Save $20M


Shands  Jacksonville could save up to $20 million by treating all of the city's uninsured patients in one clinic on its Springfield campus. Shands has a $23.7 million annual contract with the city to provide care for the uninsured who are eligible for city assistance, which fluctuates between 7,500 and 10,000 people throughout the year. Those patients are seen at nine Shands clinics around the city. By consolidating their care into one location that will include both primary care and specialty physicians, Shands CEO Jim Burkhart said the hospital could prevent expensive emergency room visits and costly medical complications… Brian Klepper, a health care analyst based in Atlantic Beach, said he has taken issue with patient centered medical homes affiliated with all of Northeast Florida's hospitals, including Mayo Clinic Florida and Baptist Health of Northeast Florida.


Jacksonville Business Journal by Ashley Kritzer

Tags: Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Brian Klepper, city assistance, Finanical, health insurance, Jacksonville Business Journal, Jim Burkhart, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Shands

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