Paramedics employed to cut down on ER admissions

A movement to keep hospital emergency room admissions down is recruiting first responders, especially paramedics, Kaiser Health News reports. Cities such as Reno have accepted $9.8 million in federal funds to cut down on ER admissions. The funds are being used for paramedics to make home visits, and educate patients on hospital alternatives, such as urgent care and mental health clinics. The program has helped the city of Reno save $5.5 million both in 2013 and 2014 and avoid nearly 3,500 ER visits. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

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