ACGME looks to shift focus from residents’ work hours

From Modern Physician (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

For the past several years, the agency that oversees the nation’s residency programs—the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education—has been mired in discussions dealing with resident work hours. The ACGME’s Next Accreditation System, its new structure for evaluating physician training programs, is sure to shift talk to another topic.

“We did want to change the conversation,” said Timothy Brigham, ACGME’s chief of staff and senior vice president of its department of education. “The conversation should never have really been about duty hours.”

ED Physicians are Clueless on Cost

From Emergency Medicine Literature of Note:

Not a day goes by, it seems, the New York Times or some other equally prominent journalistic source publishes a scathing invective regarding the irresponsible cost of healthcare in the U.S.  In this context, it is equal parts highly entertaining and appalling to measure how ignorant Emergency Physicians are regarding the cost of the care they provide.

‘Flawed data’ driving hospital emergency department policy

From Health Canal:

Measures taken to ease the pressure on overcrowded hospital emergency departments have been based on flawed data which wrongly blames general practice patients for clogging the system, according to a study by emergency specialists from The University of Western Australia.

‘Hot bed’ system in ED to cut waiting

From the Manawatu Standard:

A “hot bed” system has been permanently established in the Palmerston North Hospital emergency department after a trial to reduce waiting times proved successful.

It aims to improve the flow of critically ill patients through the emergency department who need to see specialists or emergency doctors.

‘Hot bed’ system in ED to cut waiting

From the Manawatu Standard:

A “hot bed” system has been permanently established in the Palmerston North Hospital emergency department after a trial to reduce waiting times proved successful.

It aims to improve the flow of critically ill patients through the emergency department who need to see specialists or emergency doctors.