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Emergency Departments Meeting Meaningful Use While EHR Use Increases
Source: MedPage Today
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that 84 percent of emergency departments used electronic health record (EHR) systems in 2011, almost doubling the percentage from 2006. EDs are also increasingly meeting Meaningful Use goals by improving warnings of drug interactions, providing more reminders for guideline-based interactions, ordering prescriptions and recording patient problem lists. View the complete article here.
Do Higher Copays in the ED Reduce the Number of Medicaid Patients?
Source: The PEW Charitable Trusts
Almost half of the nation’s states have implemented higher copays in emergency departments to discourage Medicaid patients. A recent study shows that implementing higher copayments in emergency departments to deter Medicaid patients might not actually work. Critics of the higher copayments also worry discouraging Medicaid patients from seeking emergency care could lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Some states and managed care plans are attempting new methods to reduce the number of Medicaid patients in their EDs. Read the complete article here.
Do you feel burned out in your specialty?
According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology.
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