Milburn seeks advice on acute admissions

Health secretary Alan Milburn is considering using a US firm to
help reduce the number of hospital admissions among older

He is looking at employing Evercare, a division of United
HealthCare, to advise on how to prevent acute admissions.

Up to 10 pilot primary care trusts would be involved in the scheme,
which would involve more outreach and other services being brought
together on a single site.

A Department of Health spokesperson said the scheme had delivered
good results in the US for value for money and patient care and

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