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The rise of the specialty emergency department

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This Modern Healthcare article discusses the rise of the specialty emergency department, specializing in, particularly, geriatric cases as Baby Boomers head into old age

The magazine notes that ED visits, ”which are the starting point for about half of all hospital admissions, are continuing to grow, despite the dramatic decline in the uninsured rate brought about by the Affordable Care Act‘s insurance and Medicaid expansions.”

”In part that’s because the number of newly insured patients is growing faster than the number of primary-care physicians available to treat them.”
”Patients, meanwhile, have come to view the ED as a sort of high-tech, 24/7 urgent-care center.”

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