New Riders of the Purple Sage: Community Paramedicine

Say the word “paramedic” and most people think of the men and women who respond with flashing lights and screaming sirens when someone suffers a medical crisis. But what if there were a way to provide help before the crisis happens? Across the country, health care companies are implementing a […]

The State That Birthed Freestanding ERs Seeks to Better Regulate Them

Patients who visit freestanding emergency rooms in Texas should now have a better idea of whether their health insurance will cover the bill. A new state law that took effect Sept. 1 requires the facilities — which resemble urgent care clinics but often charge hospital emergency room prices — to […]

Warding Off Decline, Hospitals Invest in Outpatient Clinics

Some of the hospital industry’s most active investing these days is happening outside the hospital. Giant U.S. hospital operators, including Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dignity Health and HCA Healthcare Inc., are investing heavily in surgery centers, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics located outside hospitals, chasing after patients who increasingly want […]

Association of Pre-hospital Mode of Transport With Mortality in Penetrating Trauma

Key Points Question: Does ground emergency medical services transport confer a survival advantage vs. private vehicle transport for patients with penetrating injuries? Findings: In this cohort study of 103,029 patients included in the National Trauma Data Bank, individuals transported by private vehicle were significantly less likely to die than similarly […]

CMS champions innovation and competition while buoying value-based care

The CMS issued a “request for information” Wednesday from providers and patient advocacy groups on new ideas to bring to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation responsible for creating new payment models. The notice came after CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday evening […]

Sudden departure of Envision’s physician-staffing leader raises investors’ eyebrows

Robert Coward, a long-time company executive picked in December to lead the integration of Envision’s physician-staffing business with merger-partner Amsurg’s staffing division, is leaving to pursue other opportunities. Envision had not signaled specific problems with the business during several recent earnings calls and analyst conference presentations, said Richard Close, analyst […]

New program has Las Vegas nurses taking calls

The green light bulb glows over Kari Dawson’s desk, signaling she’s ready to take a call. Dawson is a new addition to the Las Vegas Fire Department communications center, but her role is different from the rest of the call-takers whose voices fill the room. “Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, […]