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August 19, 2013

Okla. pilot program to seek medical cost reduction

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

MedEncentive has about 7,000 patients participating in the program from the city of Yukon to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, said Jim Dempster, national director of business development.

State Rep. Doug Cox, R-Grove, who is an emergency room physician, said he supports the program because it can improve patient care while helping balance the state budget.

“If we can standardize care for patients, especially those with common illnesses, and get them the right treatment early, we can prevent many ER visits and hospital readmissions, which will save patients money and insurance companies’ money,” Cox said.

The 2011 bill passed with significant bi-partisan support, with a unanimous vote in the Senate and only nine dissenting votes in the House.

 

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