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Medicaid expansion doesn't hurt healthcare access

Expanding Medicaid eligibility has neither reduced care access nor increased emergency department (ED) use, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Healthcare spending growth highest in a decade

Healthcare spending grew at a 5.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis report. The growth, a 10-year high, is driven in large part by $8 billion more in hospital revenue, which was more than the prior four quarters combined, according to USA Today.

Simple test may rule out heart attacks in ER

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.

Data-sharing cuts unnecessary ER visits by 10 percent

A data-sharing initiative among emergency departments in Washington reduced ER visits by Medicaid patients by 10 percent in the program's first year, according to a report from the Washington State Health Care Authority.

ED use up since MA instituted healthcare reform

Since Massachusetts implemented statewide healthcare reform in 2006, emergency department use has increased slightly but consistently, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Use.

Overcrowded EDs seek to redirect patients

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.

Surgical safety checklists may not improve patient outcomes after all

Surgical safety checklists didn't improve operative mortality, readmission rates and emergency department visits within 30 days after discharge at Canadian hospitals, according to a study published in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

HIE use results in fewer hospitalizations, cost savings

Using a health information exchange system may reduce hospitalizations from the emergency department and save money, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medical College published this week in  Applied Clinical Informatics.

Admissions traffic from ED, outpatient clinics on the rise

The historically high-traffic emergency department serves as hospitals' admissions department more than ever before, according to a  Healthcare Daily  article.

ER wait times on rise nationwide

Wait times at emergency rooms across the country are soaring, as various hospitals report wait times far above the national average.