Four Ways the ACA is Squeezing Emergency Departments

From HealthLeaders:

Emergency departments are experiencing higher demand from more patients, but lower availability of specialists, since the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to two new studies published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The studies were state-specific: One focused on Illinois and the other on Massachusetts.

“Emergency departments continue to be squeezed by pressures inside and outside the hospital,” Scott Dresden, MD, MS, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, the lead author of the Illinois paper, said in a statement.

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