Reducing Non-emergent ED Use

Thursday, February 7th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Non-emergent emergency department (ED) usage can be a huge roadblock in proper disease management. It can drastically increase the cost of disease management and can seriously interfere with caring for truly needy patients in a timely and appropriate manner. Without the benefit of medical homes, many people head to the ED for everything from headaches and backaches to gastritis and lumbago.

This week’s Disease Management Update looks at two studies involving ED usage. While one study focuses on a dangerous increase in ED wait times, another notes a drastic increase in visits related to staph infections.

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