Reform Realtime Blog
By Matt Sartain, MBA
In the countdown to January 2014, there was a lot of speculation (and trepidation) about how newly insured patients might use (or overuse) the emergency department (ED).
Perhaps the most common prediction was an influx of less serious and lower-acuity complaints that could be better handled in primary or urgent care settings (assuming patients had access to one). Such a scenario was supported by the experience of states like Oregon, which has been tracking healthcare utilization of its expanded Medicaid population since 2008.
The prospect of an influx of newly insured patients at the height of flu season actually had some care providers quite worried.
So what actually happened? Well, the January data is in, so let's have our first look at how January 2014 diagnoses, volume and acuity stack up against previous years.
Last week, we heard perspectives from providers around the country on the biggest problems their facing, but now we want to hear from you!
What are you most concerned about at your practice? What issues are you hearing from your providers, nurses, and staff? Take our poll below to share your thoughts. Then come back in two weeks to see the results. Subscribe to the blog in the top-right corner to be notified automatically.
The Affordable Care Act has imposed a number of new rules and regulations on hospitals and healthcare providers. In this video, hear from providers across the country talk about the problems they're currently facing. Share your concerns in the comments section below.
By Joshua Tamayo-Sarver, MD, PhD, FACEP
CEP America is excited to announce the launch of Reform Realtime here on Perspectives. The initiative aims to examine the impact of health exchanges on acute care through:
- Up-to-the-minute data sharing
- Expert analysis
- On-the-ground reports from hospitals and physician leaders
- And much more
The goal of Reform Realtime is to provide you with an in-depth view of trends and changes affecting our industry.
So how can we do this? That's where our data comes in.