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Study: Medicare outpatients sicker, have lower incomes than patients treated by physicians' offices

Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department are likely poorer and have more severe, chronic conditions than Medicare patients treated in independent physician offices, a study by the American...

source: By Scott E. Rupp
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On Monday, Nov. 5, new medical assessment guidelines went into effect in Virginia for screening patients who present in the ER with psychiatric symptoms. Info here. The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in shaping these guidelines, as emergency physicians...

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On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, which includes changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) participation options...

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On Nov. 5, newly established Medical Assessment and Screening Guidelines for psychiatric patients went into effect in Virginia. VACEP was instrumental in shaping these guidelines, working with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association...

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EngageED is a new private online network where ACEP members can share and learn about the future of emergency medicine. It replaces older chapter listservs and offers enhanced features like: Private community discussions Social media-like connections between members Document...

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VACEP Leadership Nominations are now open. Have you ever considered entering your name as a candidate for VACEP's Board of Directors? Only 6-8 percent of members of any nonprofit association traditionally are interested in governance and leadership. Interested emergency...

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Fentanyl, a powerful and dangerous synthetic opioid, is now showing up in crack cocaine and causing life-threatening overdoses. Within a recent four-day period, a Philadelphia hospital treated 18 patients for an apparent opioid overdose even though they'd only been smoking...

source: HealthDay News via WebMD

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