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News by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Aug 5, 2022 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Notice of Denial of Medical Coverage (or Payment); 2) Emergency and Foreign Hospital Services and Supporting Regulation in 42 CFR Section 424.103; 3) Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); and 4) Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program—Contracting Forms. Comments are due by October 4, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 27, 2022 - Presents the findings of a study examining the distribution of emergency physicians, comparing emergency medicine resident distribution in 2008 to 2020 and finding that only 8% of emergency physicians are located in rural areas despite a 9,000 physician increase in the workforce. Highlights the increase in residency programs in several states and states that lack emergency medicine residency programs.
Source: HealthLeaders
Jun 14, 2022 - Describes challenges for rural emergency departments that are seeing increased utilization for youth mental health emergencies and issues related to higher rates and lengths of hospitalization in urban hospitals due to a lack of behavioral health capacity in rural hospitals. Examines rising rates of self-harm emergency visits in Kentucky, noting similar trends and mental health challenges among youth in West Virginia and Ohio.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource