Researchers project increased emergency department reimbursements due to ACA

From Healio:

In a secondary analysis of data from 2005 to 2010 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, researchers found outpatient emergency department reimbursements will increase for both uninsured patients receiving Medicaid and those who move into private insurance through health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

“Our study sheds some light on [whether the Affordable Care Act will impact emergency department finances] by showing that payments may actually increase for outpatient emergency department visits,”Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, stated in a press release.

Man Arrives At Emergency Room With Fruit Knife In Head

From the Daily Mail:


There was no need for Ho Lung to fill in a form explaining his problem when he arrived at a hospital emergency department.

The giant fruit knife buried into his skull was a bit of a give-away.

But staff were so shocked at his calm composure, he still had to bend down to prove it wasn’t a joke.

Mr Lung walked into Yanji hospital’s A&E, in Jilin province in northeast China, after climbing five flights of stairs because the lift was full.

He told receptionists: ‘I’d like to see a doctor please.’

CALS: Comprehensive Advanced Life Support

From the Post Bulletin:

Kari Lappe, executive director of CALS, also mentioned technology as one of the ways to get around lack of money and experts. “Technology has helped considerably but it still is not the same,” she said.

A study showed those who suffer trauma in rural areas have a 50 percent greater chance of dying than those who are injured in an urban area. Whether telemedicine and other technology can reduce that is hard to say, she said.

But from what she hears, patients who are flown by fly air ambulances to big hospitals arrive in better shape than they did years ago. Part of that is technology, part CALS training, she said.

CALS was started in 1996 by Dr. Darrell Carter, a family practitioner in Granite Falls, she said. He saw that it was a big problem for people to leave clinics and hospitals for a few days of training. He decided to bring training to rural areas.