By MEG KINNARDAssociated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A state panel has approved a 1-year pilot program to deal with health coverage for thousands of workers at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The plan passed Tuesday by the state Budget and Control Board would create a "patient-centered medical home" for the university's 18,000 employees.
Under the plan, employees and their families would get care through a more centralized system, with case managers helping ensure they get the most effective, efficient care.
MUSC chief executive officer Pat Cawley said Tuesday the program would incentivize people to first seek out their primary care providers instead of going to an emergency room.
The program goes into effect Jan. 1. If it's successful, South Carolina could implement something similar for all state employees.
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