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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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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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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