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The rise of the specialty emergency department
Modern Healthcare

More than 10% of Mount Sinai Hospital’s 110,000 emergency department visits each year involve patients over age 65. Three years ago, the 1,048-bed New York City hospital — which is participating in a Medicare shared-savings accountable care organization — opened a dedicated geriatric ED designed to help coordinate care for these higher-risk patients.

“There’s sort of a silver tsunami approaching,” said Dr. Denise Nassisi, director of geriatric emergency medicine at Mount Sinai. “We planned it because we knew that geriatric patients really do require special handling.”

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