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On "unnecessary" ED visits: background reading

Here are a bunch of very informative pieces on why trying to blame excessive costs or busy-ness on low acuity patients in the ED is, at be...

December 18, 2013


The Alliance for Health Reform has done a number of Congressional briefings recently with some very good panelists. For those of you who missed them on C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 and forgot to set up their DVR, links below.

Perhaps most importantly, these mark my debuts on C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 as an audience question-asker/commenter.

1) Am I in the Hospital or Not? Why Hospitals are 'Observing'--Not Admitting--Patients

C-SPAN2 video

My appearances @

1:19:35 -- post-hoc decision by hospitals re: fear RAC audit/Part A denial

1:41:00 -- fixing operative vs medical equilibrium

(my overview of obs vs admission)

2) Tackling Health Care Costs: Finding Common Ground

C-SPAN video
My appearances @ 1:01:00

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