Care Management for the COVID-19 Vulnerable: Medical Home Network Surges Forward


  • Published On  May 12, 2020
  • Publication  Healthcare Innovation
  • Author  Rajiv Leventhal

Excerpt

In Cook County, Ill., leaders at Medical Home Network are setting up real-time alerts around COVID-19 so they can provide the necessary support for their safety-net patients

One of the many early lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that the outbreak is hitting certain communities much harder than others. For example, recent CDC data revealed a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups, referencing an internal report finding that out of a sample of 580 hospitalized patients with lab-confirmed COVID-19, 33 percent of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18 percent who were black in the community. For white patients, however, the data told a different story; the report found that 45 percent of individuals in the sample were white, compared to 55 percent in the surrounding community.

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