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To cut costs, focus on avoidable admissions: researchers
Modern Healthcare

To maximize cost savings, hospitals and health systems should focus on reducing avoidable patient admissions to the hospital from the emergency department rather than on preventing nonurgent emergency department visits, a group of Massachusetts researchers says. In a commentary posted on the Annals of Emergency Medicine website, researchers with Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School argue that more money can be saved by reducing the number of patients admitted to the hospital from the ED because there are no other good care options for them at the time or because a patient’s complex chronic conditions were not treated properly.