Study: EDs treated more than 704,000 firearm injuries over decade

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More than 704,000 people arrived alive at a hospital emergency department for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014, resulting in an annual financial burden of $2.8 billion in ED and inpatient charges, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Half of the patients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: emergency care, prevention

AHA comments on physician fee schedule rule for CY 2018

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The AHA today expressed serious concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to significantly reduce the payment rate for “nonexcepted” services provided in off-campus provider-based departments under the physician fee schedule proposed rule for calendar year 2018. “Making such an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, emergency care

FDA: Hospira recalls emergency syringe drugs due to potential lack of sterility

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Hospira, a Pfizer company, has voluntarily recalled certain lots of 8.4% sodium bicarbonate injection and other emergency syringe drugs distributed since January to hospitals and wholesalers in the United States, including Puerto Rico, because the drugs may not be sterile, the Food and Drug Administration... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, emergency care

MedPAC issues June report to Congress

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday released its June report to Congress, which includes the panel’s recent recommendations for reforming Medicare payment for Part B drugs and accelerating the roll out of a post-acute care prospective payment system. The report also discusses possible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, rural, emergency care, drug prices

HHS announces $70 million in funding to address opioid crisis

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The Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than $70 million in new funding opportunities to prevent and treat opioid use disorders and deaths. The grants include up to $28 million to help states increase access to medication-assisted treatment; $41.7 million to help local governments... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, population health, Community health, nurses, Behavioral health, emergency care, opioids, prevention

AHA: REACH Act 'important first step' to ensuring care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today called the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act (S. 1130) “an important first step toward ensuring access to health care services in some rural communities.” Introduced this week by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), the REACH Act would allow... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, emergency care

Burgess outlines House health reform bill, other legislative priorities

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today told hospital and health system leaders that the American Health Care Act would give states the flexibility to tailor their medical programs to their most vulnerable residents. As the bill moves to the Senate, Burgess, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, regulation, emergency care

GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, access, emergency care

American Association of Poison Centers releases online help tool

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The American Association of Poison Centers has released an online poison help triage tool for the public. PoisonHelp.org offers information and treatment advice for human exposure to some 325,000 products and substances. For complex or potentially dangerous exposures, the user is prompted to call the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, nurses, preparedness, emergency care, opioids

CDC issues data brief on ED visits by seniors

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Hospital emergency departments receive an annual average of 15.5 million visits for illness and 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65 and older, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the ED component of the 2012-2013 National Hospital Ambulatory... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Medicare, emergency care

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