Mandating Coverage for Emergency Care

Gutting Mandated Health Plan Benefits

The federal mandate that hospital emergency departments (EDs) and the physicians who staff these departments provide medical screening and emergency care to all people who present to the ED for care (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) ensures … Continue reading

Emergency Care: Guaranteed Coverage or Guaranteed Access

EMTALA is not Health Insurance Coverage

In a recent interview on CNN’s New Day, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) responded to a comment from host Alisyn Camerota that ‘access and coverage were not the same thing’ during a discussion about replacing the ACA. He said: “Well, we’ve … Continue reading

Kitzhaber Nails Healthcare Cost Reduction

The Hon. Dr. John Kitzhaber

Dr. John Kitzhaber is an emergency physician who transitioned to politics after 18 years in the ED, and became a two-term Governor in Oregon. Recently, he gave the keynote speech at a Health Policy Conference in Hawaii that outlined perfectly … Continue reading

Hospital Staffing Contract Turnover

Your staffing contract is terminated !

You may have read about the breakup of Summa Health Systems and Summa Emergency Associates, a group of 55 emergency physicians and 20 PAs who had staffed the five emergency departments at Summa in Ohio for 40 years. The story … Continue reading

10 Ways to Mitigate Physician Burnout

Mitigating Physician Burnout

The following is a guest post by Steve Sanders. Those who work in service professions in the medical disciplines are susceptible to a psychological condition known as burnout. It’s of particular concern in healthcare because of the potential effect on … Continue reading