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July 1, 2009

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  • Is your ED a medical department or a business? Survey says . . . both

    What are the leading ED best practices in large health systems? According to one national survey, they include taking a business-like approach to the management of the department.
  • Expanded scribe role boosts staff morale

    A growing number of EDs are using physician scribes to help with histories and physical exams, but Joe Danna, MD, FACEP, has been using scribes for much, much more, and he says it's made a world of difference when it comes to staff morale.
  • Discharged ED patients boarded

    To address patient flow EDs across the country are employing different variations around boarding inpatients in upstairs hallways.
  • ED becomes 'satellite' when hospital closes

    How would you like to be told that the hospital that houses your ED the large, "mother" facility that receives your patients for admission and provides a host of ancillary services that makes the running of your department go more smoothly was going to shut down, and that you were going to have to transform into a satellite ED (SED)?
  • Housing homeless reduces readmits

    An intervention that provided housing and case management to homeless adults with chronic medical illnesses reduced hospitalizations and ED visits in two Chicago-area hospitals, according to a study recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • ED crafts own HIV test program

    The leaders at San Francisco General Hospital were more than happy to participate in a nationwide Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that offers routine rapid HIV testing to all ED patients, but they believed strongly that universal testing was not practical.
  • OIG gives OK to call panel plan

    In a recently released advisory opinion, the Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG) has told the facility that requested the opinion, which they didn't disclose, that its plan to compensate physicians for taking call represented "a low risk of fraud and abuse."