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Healthcare system prepared to handle increased coverage

Increased insurance coverage rates under the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to overwhelm healthcare services, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund.

Could comprehensive primary care decrease ER use in Medicaid population?

Although almost 25 state programs employ higher copays for emergency department visits in an effort to decrease ED use, charging more when Medicaid recipients go to the ED may not be effective.

CDC posts videos for emergency staff dealing with suspected Ebola patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a series of training videos developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine to assist emergency department personnel in triage, identification and management of suspected Ebola patients.

Burnout grows among physicians

The number of burned-out physicians is on the rise, with nearly half of American doctors reporting a loss of enthusiasm for work, feelings of cynicism and a low sense of personal accomplishment, according to a new survey from  Medscape.

ER use continues to rise in wake of Affordable Care Act

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, many hospitals report a rise in the number of patients seeking care in their emergency departments, according to the  Los Angeles Times.

Do urgent care centers hurt patients?

Amid the healthcare industry's efforts to reduce the overuse of emergency departments, a new poll indicates too many patients may seek treatment at urgent care centers instead, posing a risk to their health.

States make headway in keeping super-users out of ERs

Super-users, the patients who make a revolving door of hospital emergency rooms and often lack insurance or even the vaguest social safety net, have been one of the biggest cost burdens in healthcare delivery.

Are freestanding ERs about access or profit?

Freestanding emergency departments carry high costs despite their benefits, many of which could be achieved through other methods, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Opioid ODs caused 100k ER visits in 2010

Prescription opioid overdoses prompted more than 100,000 emergency department visits in 2010 and cost hospitals more than $2 billion, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

ER strategy: Streamlining care for patients with less serious illnesses

Medesto, California-based Memorial Medical Center invested $3.7 million to expand its emergency department to increase space for true emergency patients, while streamlining care for those with less serious illnesses,  The Modesto Bee  reported.