Ambulatory Care for Emergency Department Avoidance

Cost-Effective Ambulatory Care for Emergency Department Avoidance

Urgent message: Industry perception is that urgent care offers the opportunity for potentially substantial cost savings while also providing safe, effective care for complaints of appropriate acuity. Data supporting those claims have been lacking, however. Lo Fu Tan, MD, MS, FCFP, FAAFP and Jillian Kreston, MBA, MEcon Citation: Tan L F, Kreston J. Cost-effective ambulatory care for emergency department avoidance. J Urgent Care Med. 2022;16(10):25-32. BACKGROUND A 2019 brief published by the United Health Group found 18 million “avoidable” emergency room visits that added $32 billion in cost to the …
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Urgent Care Centers Can Reduce ED Referrals for CT Scans in Mild Head Injury with Integration of Brain Activity Biomarker

Urgent message: Referrals to the ED for CT scans were reduced when urgent care providers combined clinical judgement with EEG-based structural injury biomarker results. Such reductions could relieve the burden of referrals to EDs, minimize unnecessary radiation risk, yield better patient experience, and foster to potential cost savings. Tanvir Dara MD, FACEP; Elizabeth McCarty MD; Paul Meredith MD; Robert Mooney MD; David Porzio MD; and Alvaro Zeballos MD Citation: Dara T, McCarty E, Meredith P, Mooney R, Porzio D, Zeballos A. Urgent care centers can reduce ed referrals for CT …
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What Is the Acceptable Miss Rate for a Major Adverse Cardiac Event (MACE)? A Follow-Up Survey After Release of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Clinical Policy on Acute Coronary Syndromes

Urgent message: Previously JUCM-published research revealed that even very low risk for a major adverse cardiac event left clinicians uncomfortable with discharging patients per 2018 ACEP guidelines. What can be learned from a follow-up study reflecting the updated version? Rebekah Samuels, OMS-III; Francesca Cocchiarale; Samidha Dutta, DO, PGY-3; Jarryd Rivera, MD; Amal Mattu, MD; Michael Pallaci, DO; Paul Jhun, MD, FAAEM; Jeff Riddell, MD; Cameron Berg, MD; and Michael Weinstock, MD. Citation: Samuels R, Cocchiarale F, Dutta S, Rivera J, Mattu A, Pallaci M, Jhun P, Riddell J, Berg C, …
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Chest Pain Protocol

Implementation of a Rapid Chest Pain Protocol in a Walk-In Clinic

Urgent message: There are no standardized guidelines for treating patients with chest pain in an urgent care clinic. Using a chest pain protocol with the Marburg Heart Score in a walk-in clinic can assist providers in assuring an appropriate level of care and support standardization in clinician decision-making for treating low-risk chest pain patients. Lorilea Johnson and Diane L. Smith Citation: Johnson L, Smith DL. Implementation of a rapid chest pain protocol in a walk-in clinic. J Urgent Care Med. 2022;16(7):19-23. ABSTRACT Background As the walk-in clinic industry has boomed, …
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Mobile Health Unit Diversion Program

Reducing Low-Acuity Preventable Emergency Room Visits by Utilizing Urgent Care Center Services via Mobile Health Unit Diversion Program

Urgent message: Urgent care centers can execute and implement innovative ideas to ameliorate overcrowded Emergency Rooms. The creation of a mobile health diversion program to transport low acuity conditions to urgent care instead of a hospital emergency department can improve population health and reduce healthcare cost; providing the opportunity to leverage value-based care by targeting the triple aim (reducing cost, increasing patient satisfaction, and improving outcomes) while freeing up the emergency medical system services. Cesar Mora Jaramillo, MD, FAAFP, FCUCM Citation: Jaramillo CM. Reducing low-acuity preventable emergency room visits by …
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