Surprise Balance Billing Study Raises Serious Questions
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Intro: Cooper paper sets organized EM back a pace This summer Zack Cooper et al gave a kick in the teeth to efforts by ACEP, EDPMA, and Physicians for Fair Coverage to try to reframe the message about balance billing … Continue reading

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Emergency Medicine Up Against the Ropes
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The specialty of emergency medicine has often found itself under attack, particularly by insurance plans and consumer advocates.  The former is understandable, the later never made much sense to me, given that emergency physicians provide more un-reimbursed care to the … Continue reading

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Anthem: Rash? Don’t Go To The ER
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According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, in a recent letter to policy holders in Missouri, Anthem advised that: “Should members choose to receive non-emergency care in the ED [emergency department], they will be responsible for the charges incurred,” and that … Continue reading

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Overtesting: Where Do We Go From Here?
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I heard recently about a case of over-testing that seems so typical nowadays that it makes me wonder not just how we got here, but how we go back.   A 9-year-old child comes to the ED with abdominal pain and … Continue reading

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Kitzhaber Nails Healthcare Cost Reduction
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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

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