From CNN:The week of April 15 brought two

From CNN:

The week of April 15 brought two horrific events: The Boston Marathon bombings and the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion. In each city, health care workers jumped into action to help victims of the tragedies.

In between trying to save lives, these doctors and nurses somehow found the time to support their colleagues across the country. What started as a single act of kindness turned into a culinary exchange that shows just how inspiring “paying it forward” can be.

Home checkups from hospital, fire dept. an option for discharged patients

From the Green Bay Gazette:

Green Bay firefighters now make house calls.

In a new arrangement with Bellin Hospital, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department is sending firefighters to check on discharged Bellin patients in their homes.

Bellin is paying the city $50 for each call.

West L.A. VA hospital evacuated after possible grenade found in ER

From the LA Times:

Security guards at a Westside hospital believe they found a grenade in an emergency room, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies were called around 7 a.m. to the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center to respond to a possible explosive. Security guards there said they found a grenade in one of the hospital’s emergency rooms.

70% of ER visits unnecessary for patients with employer-sponsored insurance

From Fierce Healthcare:

More than 70 percent of emergency department visits from patients with employer-sponsored insurance coverage are for nonemergency conditions or conditions preventable through outpatient care, according to a new report from Truven Health Analytics.

Emergency care cost estimates are too low, study reports

From Medical XPress:

U.S. emergency care costs may be more than twice previously published estimates, according to a new analysis that critiques those estimates, argues for improved accounting, and suggests considering the value of emergency care as well as total spending.

Nurse bitten during string of emergency department attacks

From the Telegraph:

Nurses are being regularly bashed, bitten, threatened and attacked and are considering a strike if security is not improved, the union has warned.

ANF Victorian branch assistant secretary Paul Gilbert said the hospital had left nurses to fend for themselves with no ‘Code Grey’ policy in place to deal with violent and aggressive patients or visitors.

Discover Card – Emergency Room

Amusing video from 2001

“For the slightly smarter consumer”

Hub of the Enterprise: Transforming the ED’s Role in Delivering Agile and Coordinated Care

From the Advisory Board:

From ‘front door’ to ‘hub of the enterprise’

Tomorrow’s accountable payment models, along with the increased ED volumes expected to accompany expanded health care coverage, will require providers to deliver efficient, cost-effective care while improving transitions across care settings.

Rather than reactively responding to these pressures, hospital executives must recognize—and capitalize on—the ED’s potential to sway performance in key areas of interest. We must recast the ED’s role from the “front door” to the “hub of an integrated enterprise.”

Solutions Summit XVI- Leadership In A New Age for Healthcare

Heading to the Emergency Department Practice Management Solutions Summit in Las Vegas.

Watch the #SSedpma2013 hashtag on Twitter for updates.

Millions can’t afford to go to the doctor

From CNN Money:

Some 80 million people, around 43% of America’s working-age adults, didn’t go to the doctor or access other medical services last year because of the cost, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released Friday. That’s up from 75 million people two years ago and 63 million in 2003.

Not surprisingly, those who were uninsured or had inadequate health insurance were most likely to have trouble affording care. But 28% of working-age adults with good insurance also had to forgo treatment because of the price.