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Minimizing "Overtriage" to Trauma Centers Can Generate Millions in Savings, Study Says

Are you in the EMS or trauma center industry? What are your thoughts on overtriage? Are the study’s recommendations realistic and attainable? Read on.

Study Predicts Emergency Department Profits Likely to Continue Under Affordable Care Act

Do you know how the ACA will impact emergency departments (EDs) and their bottom line? What’s your opinion? Read on.

ED Visits Down Among Newly Insured Patients, California Safety-Net Study Reveals

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released a report of their findings from an experimental program aimed at providing uninsured, low-income Californians with health care coverage. The study was implemented in September of 2007 and was examined through August 2010.

Oregon Medicaid Pilot Project Finds Increased ED Use Under ACA - What A Surprise, Right?

An Oregon pilot study found that the expansion of Medicaid coverage to low-income adults resulted in ED visits increasing. This is no small wonder given the population's underuse of services when they're most in need. Interestingly, the study also found that while ED visits increased so did the number of Primary Care Physician visits, meaning that more people utilized the health care system in general. In addition, the authors noted that outpatient visits made up the bulk of visits, showing that many of the ED visits were of lower severity. 

Non-Emergency Department Interventions to Reduce ED Utilization: A Systematic Review

Hospitals are constantly trying to reduce the number of visitors in the Emergency Department in order to lower costs and improve the quality of care. Many strategies have been tested and implemented including preventative efforts.

A systematic review conducted by Jesse Pines, M.D., director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation and professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, researched the types of interventions that had been implemented outside of EDs that were designed to reduce ED use.

Wow! Study Finds Increased Reimbursements After ACA

A recent study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined how ED reimbursements may be impacted as uninsured patients gain new coverage through the Medicaid expansion or health insurance exchanges. The authors investigated the impact on health reform from historical data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a publicly available dataset from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 

Webcast -- Transforming an EMS Delivery System: Mobile Health Care

This 90-minute webcast focuses on transforming your EMS delivery system to achieve true compatibility with the triple aim of health care reform, improving care, and cost and quality. An overview of the many innovations that are being explored across the country with an emphasis on “Mobile Health Care” are included. In addition, this webcast discusses specific strategies for EMS providers, other health providers and payers to develop “win-win” strategies within the changing health reform landscape.