Category: Commentary

ER nurses are leaving. Patient satisfaction is a major reason why.

I have been an emergency physician for 12 years.  I have had the opportunity to learn from and try to emulate an impressive number of amazing clinical physicians.  These doctors seemed god-like at first, but as my training and career

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Expanding the Emergency Room Model: ‘Central Care System’ Could Help Americans Gain Universal Health Care Access | The Huffington Post

By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD — There are many reasons why emergency rooms are dangerously overcrowded. With millions of Americans lacking adequate access to primary care providers, emergency rooms have become the primary health care system and safety net for

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Fort Worth State Senator Takes On Surprise Medical Billing – D Magazine

Figuring out what hospital your insurance company will actually pay for is tough enough. But determining ahead of time which of the physicians that practice at said hospital are in-network with your carrier is almost cruel. This is how balance

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It is clear to anyone in the NHS that we cannot carry on as we are

Jim Callaghan may not have actually said “Crisis? What crisis?” in 1979, but the then prime minister’s words have gone down in history as the clearest example of a politician not in touch with the severity of the issues facing

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As NHS Crisis Worsens Hospitals Across UK Declare ‘Black Alert’

NHS England classifies a black alert as a “serious incident” meaning the system is such under severe pressure that it is unable to deliver certain actions and comprehensive emergency care. At least 23 hospitals have been forced to issue the

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Hospital group CEO on what’s ailing Obamacare

I caught up with the President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian hospital group, Dr. Steven J. Corwin, to understand the real impact to consumers. Our interview follows, edited for clarity and length. Q: What has been the impact on hospitals? A: There have been

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Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic 

Today the President joins individuals in recovery, family members, medical professionals, law enforcement officials and other leaders at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The annual summit is organized by Operation UNITE, which was launched

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E.R. Visits Up for Young Adults with Mental Illness

While emergency department visits for young adults ages 19 to 25 decreased slightly overall following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), visits for mental illnesses in this age group increased “significantly,” as did diseases of the circulatory system,

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Ohio left with one Ebola treatment center after UTMC drops designation.

The University of Toledo (Ohio) Medical Center will no longer be a designated regional Ebola treatment center, according to The Blade.Here are three things to know about the decision.1. UTMC confirmed the decision but did not disclose many details surrounding

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Anthony Stahl Named CEO of San Marcos, Central Texas Medical Center

Anthony Stahl has been named CEO of San Marcos, Texas-based Central Texas Medical Center, effective Oct. 5, according to a San Marcos Mercury report.Here are four things to know about Mr. Stahl.1. Mr. Stahl entered healthcare management in 2006 as

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