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How to improve patient satisfaction in the ER [Interview]

In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Sheridan Healthcare's Catherine Polera, M.D. talks about the organization's strategy to help ER doctors understand the importance of patient satisfaction and improving the patient experience. 

Observation status, ED visits create illusion of fewer readmissions, quality gains

Even as the government claims preventable hospital readmissions have dropped, a dramatic increase in hospitals' use of observation status and emergency care in lieu of readmission suggests many providers are gaming the quality standards.

Coverage expansion won't cut ER visits for dental care

Uninsured patients increasingly turn to the emergency department for dental healthcare needs, but expanding Medicaid's dental coverage won't reduce ED traffic, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Most 2012 Minnesota ED visits were unnecessary

More than 1 million emergency department visits in Minnesota during 2012 may have been preventable, according to a report from the state Department of Health.

Housing for homeless patients could cut inappropriate ER use, readmissions

Hospitals should prioritize housing for homeless patients to prevent inappropriate emergency care and unnecessary readmissions, according to a  Health Affairs  blog post.

Growing number of hospitals open ERs for the elderly

A growing number of hospitals across the nation are opening special emergency centers for seniors in order to address the complex healthcare needs of the elderly and cut down on complications and readmissions.

Toby Cosgrove reveals the secret to Cleveland Clinic's care delivery transformation

Despite its challenges with hand-hygiene compliance and doctor-patient communication, Cleveland Clinic has had tremendous success with accountable care and improving patient safety and care access, according to CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., who spoke Friday at the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Shared savings: The key to patient-centered medical home success?

Patient-centered medical homes may have the most success in their mission to improve care quality and lower hospital utilization when they offer financial incentives for participants in the form of shared savings, a new study suggests.

New programs help ERs flag, discourage painkiller abuse

Many hospital emergency departments have cracked down on prescription narcotic addicts with programs that flag potential abusers and deny them medication except in emergencies,  NPR  reports.

ER revisits costly, occur more frequently than thought

Even as the healthcare industry strives to curb emergency department visits and hospital readmissions, a new study suggests that ED revisit rates are twice as high as previously reported and often more costly than an initial ED visit.