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Don’t tie Medicaid to ER discharge diagnoses: researchers
Modern Healthcare

As Medicaid costs surpass all other expenses in states’ budgets, several states are considering legislation or regulations that limit payment for Medicaid enrollee emergency department visits that ultimately don’t qualify as emergencies. But, in a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, University of California at San Francisco researchers found that it’s often difficult to immediately determine whether patients are having a medical emergency based on their initial symptoms. The researchers came to that conclusion after analyzing almost 35,000 ED visits recorded in the 2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.