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How one hospital reduced pediatric epilepsy emergency visits, admissionsNationwide Children’s Hospital sees dramatic drop in ED visits and inpatient admissions for epilepsy patients with collaborative quality improvement project.
Do retail clinics decrease emergency room visits?Retail clinics emerge as a way to satisfy the growing demand for healthcare created by the newly insured under the ACA, but contrary to expectations, they do not appear to be leading to meaningful reductions in low-acuity ED visits.
How social factors are driving precision medicinePrecision medicine isn’t just about genomics anymore. With the field moving forward as the next step in population health management, environmental, social and lifestyle factors that live outside the medical system are increasingly important to target treatments and engage patients. That means health plans also need innovative technology solutions to capture, store and integrate this crucial information.
Spike in drug shortages raises alarm
Spike in drug shortages raises alarmDrug shortages take a toll, especially on emergency department patients.
What’s behind the drop in hospital-acquired conditions?
What’s behind the drop in hospital-acquired conditions?A report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates positive momentum in efforts to combat hospital-acquired conditions, but experts say more can be done.
FDA grants waiver for influenza testFDA this week granted the first waiver to allow a nucleic acid-based test, the Alere i Influenza A & B test, to be used in a greater variety of health care settings. Previously, the test was only available for use in certain laboratories, and now can be distributed to emergency rooms, health department clinics, physicians’ offices, and other healthcare facilities.
Prognosis on end-of-life careBehind the political issues and the deep emotions is the reality that the United States must overhaul end-of-life care
ED visits likely to increase under ACAMassachusetts and Oregon studies show emergency department increases once patients have health insurance coverage
Superusers lack social, primary care resourcesA small but costly percentage of patients have a variety of reasons for frequent ED visits.
Payers warm up to retail clinicsStakeholders weigh the pros and cons of convenient care clinics found in drug stores and grocery outlets