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UCSF study suggests flaw in ER laws
San Francisco Chronicle

In an attempt to lower soaring Medicaid costs, some states have come up with a plan: Don’t pay for emergency-room patients who aren’t sick enough to be there. The problem, a new UCSF study points out, is that when patients walk through the door, it’s actually difficult to tell just how sick they are. Nearly a dozen states have proposed or enacted plans to deny or limit reimbursements, or require co-payments, for patients who go to the emergency room for conditions that turn out to be something a primary-care doctor could have treated.