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Uploaded on Aug 3, 2011

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New Yorker writer and FRONTLINE correspondent Atul Gawande reports on a doctor in Camden, N.J., who actually seeks out the community's sickest — and most expensive — patients.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner is a local physician who some believe might have the model to solve one of America's most intractable problems: lowering the cost of health care. While analyzing medical billing data in Camden, N.J., he mapped out "hot spots" of the impoverished city's high-cost patients. By targeting unique care -- including home visits and social workers -- at the city's most costly patients, he developed a program that he argues has both lowered health care costs and provided better care in Camden. But can his model work for the rest of the nation?

Dr. Brenner's organization, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (http://www.camdenhealth.org/about/his...), and other similar models were the subject of a January 2011 feature in The New Yorker by journalist and physician Dr. Atul Gawande (http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20...)

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