Navigation Links
Dramatic Growth Projected in Visits by Elderly Patients to Emergency Departments Underscores Urgency of Medicare Physician Payment Fix
Date:12/5/2007

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Increasing Rates of Emergency Department Visits for Elderly Patients in the United States, 1993 to 2003") finds the rate of elderly Americans seeking emergency care is increasing far faster than any other group.

Kenneth L. Noller, MD, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released the following statement about the study on behalf of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine.

"While 1 in 8 Americans were elderly in 1994, 1 in 5 will be elderly by 2030, with females 85 years old and older the fastest growing segment. Elderly patients tend to be sicker and have more chronic health problems than other patients.

"Ob-gyns care for women at all stages of life. The leading causes of death among elderly women are heart disease and cancer, and elderly women also suffer more than younger patients from adverse events to drug therapies, often related to poor medication adherence. These and other care needs require the careful ongoing attention of specialists.

"As our population ages and more elderly need emergency medical treatment, emergency departments struggle even more to care for everyone. The federal government has neglected its responsibility to ensure that Medicare, the primary source of health care coverage for the nation's elderly and disabled, adequately pays for needed physician care.

"In fact, a deeply flawed Medicare physician payment system threatens every American's access to lifesaving specialty care. And the problem will only get worse. Unless Congress acts immediately, a 10.1 percent cut in Medicare physician payments will go into effect on January 1, 2008 - with additional cuts slashing rates by 40 percent over the next decade. These cuts affect the elderly, as well as military families covered under TRICARE, which follows Medicare payment rates, and all Americans as private insurers often follow Medicare's lead in payment rates.

Congress must enact a long-term solution that ends the Medicare physician payment cuts and puts in place a two-year, fully funded increase. We look forward to working with Congress over the next two years designing a comprehensive solution to the flawed Medicare system."

The Alliance of Specialty Medicine is the largest physician organization in the country, comprised of 11 national medical specialty societies representing more than 200,000 practicing physicians and the millions of patients they serve each day. The Alliance is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the enactment of sound federal policy that ensures patient access to the highest quality specialty care.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Alliance of Specialty Medicine
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Expanding Prevalent Population Will Drive Dramatic Growth for the Asthma Drug Market in China
2. New Case Study Details How an Illinois Hospital Created a Safe Lifting Team that Dramatically Reduced Injuries, Increased Staff Satisfaction
3. Giving emergency nurses aromatherapy massages with music dramatically reduced stress levels
4. Batters may achieve dramatic increases in home runs through steroids
5. Giving emergency nurses aromatherapy massages with music dramatically reduced stress levels
6. Early intervention dramatically improves outcomes for new dialysis patients
7. UCLA Research Shows Dramatic Savings for Medicaid When Head Start Parents Learn to Care for Kids Illnesses
8. High pollution linked to poor lung function growth in children in Mexico City
9. Researchers develop long-lasting growth hormone
10. iCAD to Present at William Blair & Company Small-Cap Growth Stock Conference
11. Plexus Systems Ranks in Top Third of the 2007 Inc. 5,000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 226%
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Many ... been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to not only ... approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving a pregnancy. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding ... of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. ... James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent ... that most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals ... also many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm ... 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered ... Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Norcross, Georgia (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Year” awards today at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in ... who have authored journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... PUNE, India , June 24, 2016 ... "Pen Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety ... 12mm), Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase ... published by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for ... is expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research and ... Global Market - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... treatment method for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces ... fluid from the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps ... and chloride in balance. Increasing number of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... date financial data derived from varied research sources to present ... impact on the market during the next five years, including ... sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: