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The FDA proposed new rules for how defibrillators are designed and manufactured in order to insure these potentially life-saving devices function properly when needed. The Los Angeles Times explains that defibrillators “have malfunctioned in about 45,000 cases since 2005, according to the Food and Drug...
With medical care costs continuing to rise, recent attempts to reduce emergency department use have occurred in some states and Medicaid programs. One approach is to deny or limit payment for an emergency department visit if the discharge diagnosis is classified as a "nonemergency" condition. A new study...
The healthcare system is trying to find effective ways to cut costs, and “Reduction in emergency department (ED) use is frequently viewed as a potential source for cost savings … One consideration has been to deny payment if the patient's diagnosis upon ED discharge appears to reflect a...