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April 10, 2016

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) announced the publication of its long awaited Ground Vehicle Standard (GVS) for Ambulances, defining the “gold standard” for operations in the medical transportation industry. The consensus group was made up of professionals, including public and private EMS providers, regulators, physicians, equipment manufacturers and other subject matter experts.

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April 4, 2016

Emergency medicine (EM) physicians had a 5 percent increase in income this year, about in the middle among all physicians. When asked about their compensation for patient care, EM physicians were about in the middle ($322,000). They ranked slightly higher in last year's compensation report, even though their earnings were lower then ($306,000). When asked what they attributed their increases to, most EM physicians responded that they were working more hours. Many had experienced an increase in patient volume. Others simply received raises or changed jobs or positions.

March 28, 2016

A recent Wall Street Journal article describes the surge in urgent care, with hospital chains, insurance companies and health systems driving the investment in this space. Although estimates of the number of centers in the U.S. are as high as 10,000, demand for high-quality, noncritical care is fueling further growth. Forecasts only show an increase in number of centers as the population ages and more people get access to health insurance.

March 7, 2016

The Abaris Group's newest white paper: Trauma Centers Past Developments -- New Markets assesses the trauma center field. Authors Jenifer Goodwin and Mike Williams look at the history of trauma centers, patient and injury characteristics, payer mix and other financial issues, why the current surge, how it helps lift up the hospital's reputation and much more. Click here to get your copy today.

March 7, 2016

The Abaris Group hosted a webinar, Trauma Centers: Benefits + Challenges of Achieving Designation. Click here to purchase the recorded webinar.

January 25, 2016

In a recent story featured on local news station KRQE, Santa Fe is taking a "radically different approach" to reduce the number of 911 calls, and partnering with local agencies and providers to ease the strain on budgets, rescue crews, emergency rooms and on the people calling 911. Click here to review the story.

January 18, 2016

A recent Modern Healthcare article reviews the incentives behind the growth in new urban trauma centers. But is more always a good thing? Existing providers worry that fragmenting a limited patient population may undermine care. Click here to read the full story.

October 28, 2015

 OSHPD recently released data for the number of California emergency deparment visits in 2014 -- 13.5 million. That's up 14.4 percent from 2010, which was 11.8 million. Click here to check out the data on OSHPD's web site.

May 27, 2015

The Abaris Group hosted a webinar, Innovations in EMS Delivery Around the Country.

February 6, 2015

Fact: The emergency care landscape is changing now more than it ever has before. The standards required by the recently implemented Affordable Care Act (ACA), consistent competition from other healthcare providers, and demanding patient preferences have all led emergency departments (EDs) to either adapt to the evolving industry or go out of business.