Category Archives: Emergency Room

EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

The rate of emergency department (ED) visits in California for non-injuries has risen while the rate of visits for injuries has dropped, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco that documents the increasing amount of care provided … finish reading EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

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Cigna Collaborative Care Reduced Avoidable ER Visits by 16 Percent

Cigna’s second-year results from a collaborative care initiative with Granite Healthcare Network (GHN) reveals significant progress in improved health and affordability, and decreased avoidable emergency room (ER) visits by 16 percent, according to Cigna officials. Cigna Collaborative Care, a partnership … finish reading Cigna Collaborative Care Reduced Avoidable ER Visits by 16 Percent

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Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

High-risk children suffering from chronic diseases who received comprehensive care at a special clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) experienced dramatic reductions in both serious illnesses and hospital costs, according to a study recently … finish reading Enhanced Medical Home for High-Risk Children Dramatically Reduces Hospital Costs, Illnesses

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ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

Emergency room (ER) visits reached a record high of more than 136 million in 2011, compared with just under 130 million in 2010, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the percentage … finish reading ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

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3 Components of Ochsner’s Automated ED Discharge Follow-Up Program

Prior to automating its emergency department discharge follow-up, Ochsner Health System emergency rooms conducted follow-up in different ways, explains Mark Green, system AVP of transition management at Ochsner Health System. In this case study, he demonstrates how streamlining the process … finish reading 3 Components of Ochsner’s Automated ED Discharge Follow-Up Program

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From Diabetes Management to Medical Home Recognition: The Health Coach’s Changing Role

Areas like diabetes management are not just the domain of physicians or case managers; today, health coaches often provide patients with diabetes the necessary tools and resources to manage it, says Alicia Vail, RN, a health coach at Ochsner Health … finish reading From Diabetes Management to Medical Home Recognition: The Health Coach’s Changing Role

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3 Ways Embedded Case Managers Can Support the Hospital Discharge

Ensuring that patients understand their discharge instructions and can afford their medications are two ways embedded case managers can support the hospital discharge, says Irene Zolotorofe, RN, MS, MSN, and administrative director of clinical operations at Bon Secours Health System. … finish reading 3 Ways Embedded Case Managers Can Support the Hospital Discharge

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Allegheny Health Network Launches State’s First EMS Pre-Hospital Telemedicine Program

A new program offers patients direct in-home virtual access to a physician who can see and talk to them prior to admitting them to a hospital. The year-long pilot program, Allegheny Health Network’s Pre-hospital Telemedicine Program for use in the … finish reading Allegheny Health Network Launches State’s First EMS Pre-Hospital Telemedicine Program

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Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

As many as one third of all readmissions may be preventable, providing a significant opportunity for reducing healthcare costs if big data, or clinical analytics, are applied, according to a new study conducted at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and … finish reading Applying Big Data to Readmissions, High-Cost Patients Can Reduce Healthcare Costs

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Identifying High Utilizers First Step in Reducing Readmissions

Businesses do it all the time — analyze their repeat customers, and market to them, says Susan Horton, DNP, APRN, CHFN, VP of peri-operative services at Central Maine Medical Center and executive director of the Central Maine Heart and Vascular … finish reading Identifying High Utilizers First Step in Reducing Readmissions

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