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Doctors Are Disappearing From Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Look to Cut Costs

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ๐™๐˜ผ๐™Ž๐™. Here is a finding that should be watched.  Actually, there are two important things happening in this article.  First, we are told that staff โ€œdoctors are disappearing from emergency rooms at hospitals,โ€ being replaced by practitioners provided by contract staffing organizations, with nurse practitioners and physician assistants being substituted for MDs in the institutionsโ€™ efforts to cut costs.  This is something that is worth noting in and of itself.

But even more surprising is that we are also informed that in a study of 1.1 Million ER visits in the VHA system, care that was delivered by a โ€œmidlevel practitionerโ€ rather than an MD actually resulted in a 7% increase in the cost of care and a 20% increase in readmission for a preventable cause within 30 days.  

We need to keep an eye on both of these trends!  Take a look at: https://bit.ly/3ZsEKVZ

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