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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The ER is Not a Good Substitute for Coverage
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As Liam Yore (Movin’ Meat) noted in a tweet recently, now that repeal of Obamacare is likely, and replacement with an alternative will probably leave many millions more without health insurance coverage; we are beginning to hear once again the … Continue reading

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The Previously Insured, Trumpcare, and Emergency Medicine
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Now that Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-GA, and Seema Verma, president, CEO and founder of health policy consultancy SVC, are lined up to become the official pick for Secretary of HHS and CMS administrator respectively under Trumpcare; it looks more … Continue reading

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Impact of Trump’s Election on Emergency Care
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I read an excellent article in Modern Healthcare by Harris Meyer on the likely outcome of the Trump Administration’s effort to transform the healthcare industry, and thought it would be a good place from which to try to predict the … Continue reading

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