Hospitals and patients feel the pain from Anthem’s ED policy

A person in Missouri, walking along the side of a street, was suddenly struck by a car. The patient was taken to the emergency department, where multiple imaging studies revealed that despite bad scrapes and contusions, there were no broken bones. In another case, a patient who was potentially experiencing […]

Reimagining Our Existing Resources–with EMTs

For years I wondered why despite being a confirmed urbanite, I love camping. Then I realized that camping gives me full permission to improvise—to make creative use of the limited materials I have to get the job done. Hence, shirt tails are fair game for wiping coffee grounds out of […]

CMS trims list of possible Medicare quality measures

The CMS on Thursday released a list of 32 reporting measures under consideration for Medicare’s quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. The number of measures under review is much smaller compared to last year when CMS considered nearly 100 measures. The move is in line with CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s […]

Texas Health Aetna launches virtual ER care app

Texas Health Aetna, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Aetna, has launched a new app aimed at providing patients with more immediate, virtual emergency care. Emergency physicians are often at the “front line of an undesirable healthcare experience” for many patients, so it was to the benefit of […]

Ambulance crew gives terminally ill patient a side trip to the beach

An ambulance crew transporting a terminally ill woman to a local hospital on Australia’s east coast last week took a small diversion to a nearby beach after the woman said she wanted to see the ocean, perhaps for the last time. “Tears were shed and the patient felt very happy,” […]

The little bill that could (save EMS)

What would Americans do if federal law compromised how and how quickly paramedics can treat them or their child in a medical emergency? Thanks to an increasingly outspoken group of emergency physicians and bipartisan congressional collaboration, the bill that today became law ensures that they will never have to find […]

Taken For A Ride? Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills

One patient got a $3,600 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one California hospital that could not handle his case to a facility that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent. […]

HHS concerned about Medicare’s long-term sustainability

A shrinking taxpayer base, swelling beneficiary numbers and growing healthcare costs all threaten Medicare’s long-term viability, according to the HHS, and the agency warned the program would need to increase its revenue or drastically reduce benefits to balance its budget. In a wide-ranging report issued last week, HHS said the […]

Advisory Board finalizes deal with UnitedHealth’s Optum

Shareholders and company executives finalized the Advisory Board Co.’s $2.58 billion deal with UnitedHealth Group and a private equity firm that will split the consulting group’s healthcare business from its education arm, the companies announced Friday. UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services segment will take over the Advisory Board’s healthcare business for an […]

A new role for first responders: providing in-home health care

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Dedalo Sousa, an 85-year-old with type 2 diabetes, has seen the inside of a hospital more times than he can remember. He has a regular doctor. But sometimes, “when he gets scary things, we don’t want to wait for his doctor visit,” said Sousa’s wife, Emilia Torres. […]