Bundled Payments and Emergency Care
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A recently published article in Academic Emergency Medicine by Nedza, et al, “Emergency Department Visits Following Joint Replacement Surgery in an Era of Mandatory Bundled Payments”, made it pretty clear that emergency departments and emergency physicians play a significant role … Continue reading

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The Transition to Single Payer: What Would Medicare Look Like?
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What if Bernie Sanders were elected President, and what if that was just the beginning of a Social Democratic revolution in America? Improbable, to be sure, but if we went to a single payer health care system, what might Medicare … Continue reading

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Prime vs. Kamala Harris: Duking it Out Over Charity Care
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Today Prime Healthcare rejected the conditions that California Attorney General Kamala Harris placed on the purchase of Daughters of Charity’s six-hospital system, placing the future of these hospitals in doubt.   In rejecting the $843 million proposed deal to rescue these … Continue reading

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Will Consolidation Undermine Emergency Medicine Registries ?
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The consolidation of independent emergency medicine groups continues apace: and as these groups get larger, and have more resources to call upon; it is likely that they will attempt to build and qualify their own Clinical Data Registries for PQRS … Continue reading

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Observation Status Notification: a Partial Solution
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In a recently published article in Health Leaders Media, Observation Status Sparks Legal Firestorm, the author (Christopher Chaney) points to the high differential in out of pocket costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and even many commercial plan enrollees around the issue … Continue reading

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