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Inpatient care--not the ER--drives homeless patient costs

Homeless patients' hospital stays for chronic conditions cost organizations more than those patients' emergency room visits, according to the Boston Herald.

2 Indian Health Service hospitals agree to make changes to improve quality of care

A pair of government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota have agreed to make significant updates to improve the quality of care offered, and in return the two facilities will continue to receive needed federal funding.

ER workers must learn to spot elder abuse

Emergency department personnel have a crucial role to play in spotting signs of elder abuse, according to two papers published in the  Annals of Emergency Medicine.

ER docs don't ask half of suicidal patients about gun access

Despite national guidelines, emergency doctors only ask about half of suicidal patients if they have access to firearms, according to a study published in Depression and Anxiety.

Hospitals rethink ERs with patient satisfaction in mind

Patients increasingly use the emergency department for routine care, and while many hospitals try to reduce such use, some providers adapt their EDs to non-emergency uses, according to  National Public Radio.  

Study: Retail clinics hike health insurer costs

Contrary to what some health insurers and policymakers believe, retail clinics may actually increase spending by driving new healthcare utilization, according to a new study published by  Health Affairs.

4 red flags for geriatric ER patients

Elderly emergency department patients with a few key symptoms are at particular risk for intensive care admission or death in the hospital, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

ER visits: Reducing inappropriate use proves an uphill struggle

Reducing emergency department use is one of the Affordable Care Act's primary goals, but the law has barely moved the needle, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maryland nonprofit, health clinic team up to tackle unnecessary care

A Maryland nonprofit and a Baltimore federally-qualified health center have launched a joint effort to coordinate primary care services and reduce unnecessary hospital use.

ER drug shortages for life-saving medications on the rise

Drug shortages in hospital emergency departments have worsened, increasing more than 400 percent since 2008, according to a study published in Academic Emergency Medicine.