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IN Compass Health's Hospitalist Team at Morton Plant Wins First BayCare Quality Award
Date:10/28/2009

Program Targets Indigent Diabetes Patients to Reduce Hospital Readmission

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) October 28, 2009 -- The IN Compass Health Hospitalist team, led by Jordan Messler, MD, has been awarded its first BayCare Quality Award for the team's project "Indigent Diabetic Patient Follow-Up Care Program" at the BayCare Morton Plant Hospital.

The "Indigent Diabetic Patient Follow-Up Care Program" offers indigent diabetic patients who qualify, one year of free primary healthcare provided by funding through the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. Participants are referred to the program by their hospital physician (hospitalist) while they are receiving care at Morton Plant Hospital. Care of indigent patients with serious underlying health conditions such as diabetes creates clinical challenges for nearly all healthcare providers. In addition to these clinical challenges, the economic situation of indigent patients makes it difficult, if not impossible, for them to seek appropriate care and medications.

The program was created by Jordan Messler, MD, the IN Compass Health medical director of the Morton Plant hospitalist program, in collaboration with Morton Plant's multi-disciplinary program team. Hospitalists are generally defined as physicians who dedicate their fulltime practice to the inpatient or hospital setting, rather than dividing their time between outpatient practices and conducting hospital rounds. IN Compass Health Hospitalists provide clinical care in a model where care is provided to patients regardless of their ability to pay, including indigent patients.

The driving goal of the Program is to enhance the clinical outcomes for indigent diabetic patients who are admitted, cared for, and dischar
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