Category: Industry Updates

New doctors group starts at ER;

After months of community concern about Envision Healthcare’s out of network billing practices, patients visiting Sutter Coast Hospital’s emergency department will be seen by a new physician’s group starting today. Sutter Coast Hospital announced Monday that Sound Physicians will be

Utah State lawmaker is renewing efforts to end balance billing

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utahns are getting stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt, even though they have health insurance. One state lawmaker says enough is enough, and he’s running a bill to change it.

Lawmakers pledge crackdown on free-standing ER billing practices – Houston Chronicle

Texas lawmakers on Monday vowed to crack down on the state’s booming free-standing emergency room industry in the wake of a troubling AARP Texas survey and a Houston Chronicle story that both showed how some facilities are sending confusing messages

Emergency care for elderly can be dangerous

In 2005, when physician Kevin Biese was a medical resident in Boston, a 92-year-old woman with a urinary tract infection arrived by ambulance at a hospital emergency room. Her behavior — confusion and lethargy — suggested she also was suffering

Updated Pa. guidelines: All ERs should treat addicted patients with medication

In an effort to curb opioid addictions, Pennsylvania has announced updated guidelines for doctors prescribing opioid medications in the emergency room. The new advice reflects state law limiting opioid prescriptions for people discharged from the emergency room to no more

Despite law to force clarity, confusion over free-standing ERs persists –

Fifteen months after Texas enacted a law to bring transparency to the state’s for-profit free-standing emergency rooms, many of the facilities continue to send mixed messages about insurance coverage that could expose unsuspecting patients to enormous surprise medical bills. A

Authorities see milder flu season compared to last year | KEYE

AUSTIN, Texas — There is both good news and a lot of uncertainty about this year’s flu vaccine this early in our flu season. The good news is that the CDC thinks it is genetically similar to the strains starting to

Tampa Bay Times: No hospital, just an emergency ‘department’. They’re popping up all over.

As the health care industry evolves, free-standing “emergency departments” are adding to the range of options for patients. They’re more convenient and people are using them, but some see downsides. Video EMERGENCY | 116s From the outside, the new Bayfront Health

Yahoo Finance: ‘It didn’t happen overnight’: How the U.S. opioid crisis got so bad

After President Trump signed the nation’s newest opioid law into effect in October 2018, some people raised questions about whether the legislation would be effective and how opioid addiction became such a big problem in the first place. As far back as

TIME: China Has Promised to Crack Down on Fentanyl. Here’s What That Could Mean for Overdose Deaths in the U.S.

As part of a wide-ranging deal between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, China has reportedly pledged to designate the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and similar drugs as controlled substances, subjecting those who sell them to harsher punishments and potentially