Health beat: Care guides just what doctor ordered

Dick Adair, MD

[Star Tribune, August 11, 2013]

Five years ago, Dr. Richard Adair had what some might find a peculiar idea: Hire a cadre of personable but inexperienced workers, place them in medical clinics, and have them counsel chronically ill patients to help improve their health and cut their medical costs.

After a pilot program in 2008, Allina Health clinics in the Twin Cities launched a yearlong study funded primarily by the nonprofit Robina Foundation.

The results were reported this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In short, the experiment worked.Read the entire article at

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