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Freestanding EDs: Should they all operate the same?

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Modern Physician explores the dispute surrounding private, freestanding emergency departments. Private companies can operate their freestanding EDs without regulatory oversight. Hospitals argue this advantage compromises quality of care, while the Joint Commission says private EDs provide efficient and quality care. At least one private ED company welcomes more regulation, and one state is considering legislation this year that would increase oversight of all freestanding EDs.

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