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January 8, 2012

Brooklyn's fractured demographics, as seen in a new report on health care

Atlantic Yards Report

A report from the state Department of Health, At the Brink of Transformation: Restructuring the Healthcare Delivery System in Brooklyn (see Greater NY Hospital Association comments), aims to restructure Medicaid, but also offers some broader perspective on Brooklyn's fractured demographics and deep disparity between progress and need, a backdrop to the Atlantic Yards debate.

Brooklyn is the state's most populous county, and it has big problems. (Crain's is sponsoring a discussion 1/11/12 on Solving Brooklyn's Hospital Crisis.)

From the report's Executive Summary:

Today, Brooklyn is grappling with high rates of chronic disease and a healthcare delivery system that is, in many areas, ill-equipped to address them. High rates of preventable hospital admissions and avoidable emergency department visits indicate deficiencies in primary care and inefficient use of high-cost resources. Further, while there are several fine hospitals in Brooklyn that are well-managed and financially-stable, Interfaith Medical Center, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center and Brookdale Hospital Medical Center are experiencing financial crises. At the same time, great opportunity presents itself in new models of patient-centered care, focused on prevention, and supported by technology and appropriate reimbursement incentives... With Brooklyn’s high rates of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, and 1 million Medicaid beneficiaries among its [2.5 million] residents, the state has a strong interest in the quality, accessibility, efficiency and viability of healthcare in the borough.

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Posted by steve at January 8, 2012 10:35 PM