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Abandoning fee-for-service would affect ER care, docs say in Health Affairs
Modern Healthcare

As policymakers consider jettisoning the U.S. healthcare system’s volume-based payment framework, a group of doctors is arguing that doing so would threaten providers’ ability to deliver the expensive and unpredictable care patients need when they show up in emergency departments.

“Testing and admissions are perceived as safe harbors to reduce uncertainty and protect against medical liability, and they are well reimbursed,” Dr. Jesse Pines of George Washington University and three emergency medicine physicians write in the latest issue of Health Affairs.