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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Mandating Coverage for Emergency Care
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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

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Emergency Care: Guaranteed Coverage or Guaranteed Access
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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

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