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.
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.
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.
Hospitals should prioritize housing for homeless patients to prevent inappropriate emergency care and unnecessary readmissions, according to a Health Affairs blog post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency departments deal frequently with high-risk patients and victims of violence, and as a result they often face heightened security concerns. Therefore, it's imperative that they strive to cooperate with the police without compromising patient privacy, according to a recent paper published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.