SPOTLIGHT: Physician struggles with 'unnecessary' hospitalization

On paper, it looked like an "unnecessary" hospitalization. But in reality, emergency physician Dr. Jesse Pines knew that if he didn't admit the woman, who probably had lung cancer, that she'd never get the kind of comprehensive evaluation and care she needed, since many outpatient doctors wouldn't take her Medicaid coverage. So ultimately, even though she didn't meet the hospital's inpatient criteria, he admitted her. Article

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