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Many emergency rooms visits avoidable
San Francisco Chronicle

Nearly 60 percent of Medicare beneficiary visits to emergency rooms and 25 percent of their hospital admissions were “potentially preventable” had patients received better care at home or in outpatient settings – according to results of a study released Friday by a congressional advisory board. “These are spectacular rates,” said Scott Armstrong, a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and CEO of Seattle plan Group Health Cooperative.