In a webinar from the Center for Health Journalism, Sarah Kliff and Niall Brennan discussed how murky “facility fees” and upcoding practices have contributed to a $3 billion rise in spending on emergency room fees between 2009 and 2015—despite a slight decline in the number of fees billed.
EHRs can be a powerful tool in fighting hospital acquired infections, as one recent study shows.
Instead of going to the ER, BCBS advises them to use an urgent care clinic—if there is one within 15 miles of their home—or use BCBSGa’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service. But critics of the policy note that laypersons aren’t trained to recognize emergencies on the spot, and that this presents another barrier to care.
The family of a man who was filmed moments before his death by a reality show camera crew is continuing to seek legal action against the hospital and the network that airs the show.
Streamlining workflows and embracing new ED management strategies could help organizations prepare emergency department staff for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation.