From The Hill:
The healthcare system has historically focused on chronic disease management. More recently, focus has shifted to address the importance of preventative care. While both may reduce the need for acute care, emergency room visits have consistently increased in the United States. With baby boomers aging and healthcare costs rising, the challenge of getting acute care is not going away. Solving this crisis requires a new way of thinking about how acute care is provided and how costs can be contained to make acute care more accessible and affordable. A good place to start would be to recognize the importance of making acute care a health reform and policy priority. Making acute care a health policy reform priority will affect both daily care and care provided during catastrophic settings, such as terrorist attacks and disasters, and is critical to our national health security.
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