Emergency Department http://kplu.org en New Emergency Room Guidelines Help Washington Save Millions, Cut ER Visits http://kplu.org/post/new-emergency-room-guidelines-help-washington-save-millions-cut-er-visits <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140482433&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Medicaid program saved more than $33 million last year, and a new report gives much of the credit to a </span><a href="http://www.wsha.org/ERemergencies.cfm" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">big push to reduce emergency room visits</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>ERs are a great place to treat real emergencies, but a very expensive place to do run-of-the-mill medical care. So the Health Care Authority, the agency that runs Medicaid, partnered with the Washington State Hospital Association, the Washington State Medical Association and others to adopt seven best practices aimed at ensuring ERs are used for their intended purpose.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15059 at http://kplu.org New Emergency Room Guidelines Help Washington Save Millions, Cut ER Visits Doctor will see you anytime you want, via webcam http://kplu.org/post/doctor-will-see-you-anytime-you-want-webcam <p></p><p>The days of using an emergency room when you have a confusing late-night or weekend illness may be numbered. New telemedicine services are expanding in Washington – which allow you to see a doctor using a webcam. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:19:05 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7721 at http://kplu.org Doctor will see you anytime you want, via webcam Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk http://kplu.org/post/been-emergency-room-lot-let-s-talk <p></p><p>If you’ve been to an emergency room in Washington in recent months, you're probably in a new database.</p><p>The goal is to<a href="http://www.wsha.org/ERemergencies.cfm"> treat more injuries and illnesses outside the emergency department</a>, in a simpler setting, which should save money, curb drug abuse and also benefit patients.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:55:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7633 at http://kplu.org Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk