The idea that Medicaid expansion will wreak havoc with state budgets due to increased hospital use by the previously-uninsured was challenged by results of a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. While rates of hospital and emergency room use rose soon after people enrolled in low-cost, government health plans, utilization of these services dropped off within a year, researchers found.
Patients who use an in-network hospital for emergency room visits sometmes get an unwelcome surprise: there is no guarantee the care is rendered in-network, the New York Times repo rted.
The gunfire that erupted in broad daylight outside Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis was the third shooting incident in hospitals this week and the latest in a wave of increasing violence nationwide. Although the shooting shattered windows and glass doors, the emergency room was back to normal operation in less than half an hour
Long emergency room wait times continue to plague hospitals across the country, but free-standing emergency medical centers may help solve the problem.
Emergency room physicians serve as the front-line arbiters of many federal mandates regarding how to delivercare in the hospital setting, perhaps most importantly the two-midnight rule regarding observation care.
A new consortium of 200 hospitals, nursing homes and other health-related entities throughout the Rochester, New York, region aims to redesign healthcare delivery and reduce avoidable readmissions.
Public health campaigns and efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of concussions and other related head injuries may have contributed to the 30 percent increase in emergency room (ER) visits for traumatic brain injury over a four-year period, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
In the aftermath of incidents like this week's Ft. Hood shooting and last year's Boston Marathon bombing, hospitals around the country have stepped up preparation for mass casualty and emergency scenarios.
A simple test in the emergency department may prevent at least 20 percent of hospital admissions for chest pain, according to the lead researcher of a new Swedish study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and presented Sunday at the cardiology college's annual conference in Washington.
Faced with a growing physician shortage and overcrowding, many hospital emergency departments must find ways to redirect patients, such as the elderly, to other settings that can provide more appropriate treatment, according to a blog post from the New York Times.