Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions.

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I became an emergency physician because I loved the practice and the study of medicine. Changing lives and making a difference? Not so much. Then I had a not-so-comfortable experience that made me realize something important might be missing from my practice. Read More...
12/26/2016 5:58:14 PM | 5 comments

In order to succeed in the coming era of value-based reimbursement, hospitals must find ways to reduce costs while delivering excellent outcomes. In today's post, we'll share how emergency physicians and specialists at one Baltimore hospital are using integrated clinical pathways to better manage patients with chronic disease. 

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12/21/2016 11:47:28 AM | 0 comments

The number of people seeking emergency care for psychiatric symptoms is on the rise. At the same time, the United States is experiencing a severe shortage of psychiatrists and mental health providers. Here's how some hospitals are using technology to enchance care for these vulnerable patients. Read More...
12/19/2016 11:27:20 AM | 0 comments

In a busy ED, no matter how well intentioned the providers are, patients can end up feeling like their needs aren’t being fully met. Unsatisfied with the patient feedback they were getting despite their best efforts, one ED set out to improve the patient experience by creating an entirely new job title: patient care advocate. Read More...
12/14/2016 9:49:57 AM | 1 comments

Research shows that for every six miles a heart attack patient must travel to reach medical care, the risk of death increases by 1 percent. That might sound like bad news for Central Valley citrus farmer Bruce Wileman, who suffered a serious heart attack at home. Fortunately, Wileman is living proof that community and regional hospitals can save lives — especially when they invest in the very best equipment and medical staff.
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12/12/2016 8:54:02 AM | 0 comments
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