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Are Common "Myths" about Medicaid Patients in the Emergency Department True?

The Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) recently released MACfacts, a report that reveals key findings on Medicaid and CHIP and emergency department (ED) use. The report aimed to confirm (or disapprove) common beliefs about ED use among Medicaid patients by citing credible research studies.

Struggling With Patient Flow

Still struggling with patient flow? Most hospitals have tried all of the basic ED strategies and either those that did work were only at the surface level or have been over shadowed by increasing volume, acuity and sometimes payer demands (i.e. payer and/or payer physician follow up). Additionally, hospital EDs have been telling their CEOs for years that it is not just an ED problem and indeed they are right.