Navigation Links
Study examines impact of Massachusetts health law on emergency department visits
Date:6/6/2011

BOSTON While overall emergency department use in Massachusetts continues to rise, the number of low-severity visits dropped slightly since the implementation of the state's health care reform law, according to an Annals of Emergency Medicine study published online.

"Our study suggests other factors play a role in determining access to care and use of the ED in addition to one's insurance status," writes Peter Smulowitz, MD, MPH, the study's lead author and an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"These likely include availability of primary care, convenience of ED hours, the ability to obtain a comprehensive evaluation and testing at one time in the ED," says Smulowitz, adding other factors may also include cultural views about seeking care through primary care or the ED, patient perceptions about the severity of illness and other financial factors, such as co-payments.

The study examined administrative billing data from 11 hospitals between Jan. 1, 2006 and 2008, during the year before and two years after implementation of the Massachusetts law providing health care access. The hospitals included four tertiary academic medical center, two community hospitals, three safety net/community hospitals and two safety net/tertiary academic medical centers. The combined ED volume of approximately 587,000 visits accounts for about 20 percent of all emergency visits in Massachusetts.

Smulowitz, who is also an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, says the study focused on three groups most likely to be affected by the reform law: the uninsured, enrollees in the MassHealth Medicaid program and those whose costs were covered by the state's uncompensated care pool. After reform, the target group also included those covered by the new Commonwealth Care program and the smaller health safety net group.

Researchers found a 4.1 percent increase in overall ED visits from 2006 to 2008 3.4 perc
'/>"/>

Contact: Jerry Berger
jberger@bidmc.harvard.edu
617-667-7308
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study identifies genetic mutations associated with cancer risk for hereditary cancer syndrome
2. UB played major role in study on drug that reduces breast cancer in high-risk women
3. Indiana U. study points to health disparities in physical fitness
4. Fit Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Exercise: Study
5. Bone Drug Reduces Odds for Breast Cancers Return: Study
6. U.S. Cancer Patients Face Barriers to Care, Study Finds
7. Study links empathy, self-esteem, and autonomy with increased sexual enjoyment
8. Study finds vaccine extends recurrent GBM survival rates by 2 to 3 times
9. BUSM study finds older men more likely to lose the ability to orgasm due to gabapentin
10. Obesity Greater Risk for Fatty Liver Than Alcohol, Study Finds
11. Safer sex: Study examines sexual communication in transgender community
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2014)... (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 NOVAtime ... Management solution development company, announced today that Avon ... 2009, has upgraded to NOVAtime 4000 Time ... conjunction with NOVAtime’s latest smart clock, the ... Farmington Valley of Connecticut is an award-winning nursing ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... FL (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 ... for about a decade, primarily to help people ... time, there are three developed systems,” says Dana ... approaches substantively differ, the goals are much the ... support of some type of harmonica.” , The ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... September 2014 – The days when skin care was ... shave daily – and commit common mistakes that can contribute ... inevitable, according to Joshua Fox, MD, medical director ... care was something in which only women seemed interested. But ... ages who realize that their fathers’ bare-bones routine of nicking ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... AURO the enterprise Canadian Public Cloud ... of its leadership team with the appointment of Kevin ... joins AURO in conjunction with his current role at ... the operations, product management and engineering teams to lead ... as ensuring effective internal and external controls are in ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... is one of the most loved online suppliers of ... quality and elegant floors, plywoods, veneers, fences and carpets. ... solid bamboo floors online. , As ... the new collection. BambooIndustry.com is also committed to offering ... and great customer services. Also, the company is considering ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Avon Healthcare Upgrades to NOVAtime 4000 Time and Attendance / Workforce Management Solution with NT7000 Smart Clocks 2Health News:Avon Healthcare Upgrades to NOVAtime 4000 Time and Attendance / Workforce Management Solution with NT7000 Smart Clocks 3Health News:Harmonica Techs, Inventor of the Pulmonica Pulmonary Harmonica, Outlines New Uses for Harmonicas in Healthcare 2Health News:Harmonica Techs, Inventor of the Pulmonica Pulmonary Harmonica, Outlines New Uses for Harmonicas in Healthcare 3Health News:Rough Isn’t Rugged in Men’s Skin: Dermatology specialist Dr. Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology PC offers tips on easy skin maintenance for men 2Health News:Rough Isn’t Rugged in Men’s Skin: Dermatology specialist Dr. Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology PC offers tips on easy skin maintenance for men 3Health News:AURO Appoints Kevin Liang as New Chief Financial Officer for Canadian Enterprise Public Cloud 2Health News:AURO Appoints Kevin Liang as New Chief Financial Officer for Canadian Enterprise Public Cloud 3Health News:BambooIndustry.com: Solid Bamboo Floors Provided At Discounted Rates 2
... A new decades-long study launches today to investigate whether there ... long-term health problems such as cancer. The cohort study ... and Health Research (MTHR) Programme. The international study will run ... least 250,000 participants aged 18-69 in five European countries. The ...
... led by an Oregon Health & Science University Knight ... be used to help identify physicians who might ... Patricia A. Carney, Ph.D., OHSU School of Medicine professor ... Medicine; and associate director of Cancer Prevention, Control and ...
... ... EcoAdvisor for Earth Day. , ... Midland (PRWEB) April 22, 2010 -- In honour of Earth Day, OnlyGreen has planted 365 ... Mokugift, an official partner of the United Nations Environment Programme,s Plant for the Planet: Billion ...
... far most common choice of discipline , THURSDAY, April 22 ... American parents, but new research suggests it might still be ... conducted for C.S. Mott Children,s Hospital at the University of ... spank their child in some scenarios, said poll director Dr. ...
... ... ... management has come a long way in the last few decades. Advent of modern eye ... , ,We are excited though to tell about the latest technique Dr. Khanna is using ...
... ... LifeLinks innovative Spanish video interpreting services for the price of phone-only interpreting services. ... New York, ... breakthrough Spanish language interpretation. Pay the same for LifeLinks Spanish video interpretation service as ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Health impacts of mobile phone use to be explored in huge new study 2Health News:Health impacts of mobile phone use to be explored in huge new study 3Health News:Physicians who interpret mammograms may benefit from additional training 2Health News:Physicians who interpret mammograms may benefit from additional training 3Health News:OnlyGreen Plants 365 Trees for Earth Day 2010 2Health News:One in Five Parents Would Spank in Certain Settings 2Health News:One in Five Parents Would Spank in Certain Settings 3Health News:Glued graft for Pterygium Yield Better Cosmetic Results 2Health News:Glued graft for Pterygium Yield Better Cosmetic Results 3Health News:LifeLinks Revolutionizes Video Interpreting, Shows Spanish Interpreting in Added Dimension-VIDEO! 2
(Date:8/29/2014)... Aug. 29, 2014 Does your doctor know what ... doctors have recommended marijuana to the over 112,000 currently registered ... the majority of the other roughly 20,300+ active physicians listed ... little about it – even though a poll in February ... say they have tried it. "With marijuana ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... , Aug. 29, 2014 Diseases largely eradicated ... generation ago are returning. Measles was declared eliminated in ... 2014 as of August 15—the highest incidence in 20 ... health department declared whooping cough a problem of ... getting sick and dying from these preventable diseases—in part ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... 29, 2014  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ... and consumables to the medical, research and veterinary markets, ... Chief Executive Officer, will present at the CL King ... Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The ... Hotel in New York City . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 2Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 3Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 4Vaccines at the Crossroads: Outbreaks On the Rise Across America 2Vaccines at the Crossroads: Outbreaks On the Rise Across America 3Abaxis, Inc. to Present at CL King's 12th Annual Best Ideas Conference 2014 2
... PITTSBURGH, Nov. 9, 2011 Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: ... to action in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. ... industry has made significant contributions toward making HIV/AIDS medicines ... to expanding access to treatment for more people. As ...
... N.J., Nov. 9, 2011 ProTron Technologies announces a ... systems through the patented Stethotron® Cerebral Stethoscope. ... brain aneurysm. In 50% of ruptured aneurysms, patients in ... One of the major factors leading to aneurysm ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Mylan Applauds Obama Administration's Call to Create an "AIDS-Free Generation" Through Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS 2
... Tissue Oximeter is a lightweight, portable console display ... with two separate channels for up to one ... well as adjustable alarms for low and high ... very user friendly and requires minimal training., ,Sensors ...
CO 2 SMO-Capnograph/Pulse Oximeter...
... Performance ,MARS Technology is the next generation ... an addition to our current family of ... advantage of new technological breakthroughs in signal ... pulse signal resulting in superior performance during ...
... Handheld Pulse Oximeter is a one-of-a-kind oximeter ... of the N-20PA has been shock-tested, vibration-tested ... it has even withstood the rigors ... for spot check measurements and also useful ...
Medicine Products: