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.
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.
Freestanding emergency departments carry high costs despite their benefits, many of which could be achieved through other methods, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
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.
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.
A new 42,000 square-foot emergency room at Florida Hospital Tampa's campus will take a new approach to emergency care, according to a report from the Tampa Tribune.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday revised its recommendations to help clinicians evaluate and manage patients with possible Ebola who arrive in hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
State legislatures aim to reduce a prevalent problem in the healthcare sector: violence against workers.
Hospitals that take a few simple steps can minimize the chance that they'll send another Ebola patient home from the emergency room, according to an article published by BHM Healthcare Solutions.
New research finds collaboration between physicians and pharmacists can reduce asthma hospitalizations, Pharmacy Times reports.