Healthcare News & Insights

Almost half of healthcare visits are to emergency departments – Why?

Emergency departments (EDs) play a significant role in health care, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. EDs deliver 47.7% of medical care, and that number rises dramatically when looking at marginalized populations. 

Major payor stops coverage for non-emergency conditions treated in EDs

Non-emergency medical conditions treated in the emergency department (ED) will no longer be covered by Anthem in Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky – and this could be the sign of a growing trend among payors. 

Seniors in the ED: Treating fall injuries

Many elderly people visit the emergency department for various illnesses and conditions. Hospitals must make sure to keep them on the right track for a smooth recovery, because seniors may have a higher chance of experiencing complications than younger people do – especially after injuries like falls. 

Death after discharge: Why healthy patients die following ED visits

When patients visit the emergency department with seemingly nonthreatening illnesses, hospital staff do what they can to prevent unnecessary admission to the hospital. However, some of these admissions may not be unnecessary after all, judging by patients’ outcomes once they’ve been discharged from the ED. 

Control ED wait times with predictive analytics

Reducing wait times and overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is a top priority for most hospitals. But it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact issues that are causing bottlenecks. New research gives hospitals a data-based framework so they can easily identify problems. 

Avoid ED visits for seniors with better continuity of care

Keeping seniors from unnecessary hospital visits is essential, especially as Medicare penalties for readmissions and poor patient outcomes continue to increase. New research shows another strategy that hospitals can use to help seniors avoid visiting the emergency department and improve the quality of care they receive. 

Stopping opioid abuse: Hospital uses alternatives to manage pain in ED

Opioid abuse is a serious problem in the United States, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is calling on hospitals and other healthcare providers to play a bigger role in reducing opioid addiction. 

Keys to improving the ED experience for children

Your hospital should be doing all it can to make children feel at ease when they’re visiting the emergency department for an illness – particularly those with autism and other related developmental disorders. 

Keep ED patients safe: Common information system errors

Emergency department information systems (EDIS) provide much-needed help, such as legible documentation, retrieval of past patient information and adherence to best practices. But just like with anything else, with the positives come the negatives. 

Reduce ED overcrowding: One facility’s success story

Overcrowding in the emergency department isn’t a problem that’s easily solved. However, one hospital managed to do a complete transformation of its ED, turning it from one of the most chaotic areas of the facility to a smoothly running machine.