How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

Betty Valdez has chronic lung disease, known as COPD, high blood pressure, kidney disease, arthritis and diabetes. Remembering when to take her 20-plus medications is difficult. Getting up from a chair is a significant obstacle, making any regular exercise unlikely. With a primary care provider and help at home, maintaining her current health would be a challenge. Without them, the 65-year-old Valdez spent a lot of time in the emergency room.

At least she did until about a year ago. After complaining of problems breathing, Valdez visited the ER at a Denver hospital. While there she agreed to enter a new program called Bridges to Care, run by Metro Community Provider Network, a community health center outside Denver.

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