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More inpatient beds are needed to decrease ER wait times (Letter to the Editor/Dr. Alex Rosenau)
The Washington Post
Friday, July 25, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/more-inpatient-beds-are-needed-to-decrease-er-wait-times/2014/07/24/5b82471a-127d-11e4-ac56-773e54a65906_story.html?wprss=rss_opinions
Summary:  "Hospitals should focus on reducing wait times and improving customer service in emergency departments, especially in view of a recent poll showing that most emergency physicians expect the number of emergency room visits to increase over the next three years."

Prevent Tipping Furniture From Injuring or Killing Young Children
Reuters
Thursday, July 24, 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/24/furniture-kids-fatal-idUSnPn48mDR7+86+PRN20140724 
Summary:  ""It can happen in a matter of seconds probably in anyone's home," said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Every parent or guardian of a young child should look around their homes and imagine what could tip over, fall off walls and injure a child. Imagining it is better than it becoming a reality."

Cruise hearing explores consumer protection issues
Miami Herald (Business)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/23/4251630/cruise-hearing-explores-consumer.html
Summary:  "...Carnival said in a statement that Butler’s mother Violet was resuscitated on the ship and transported to a facility on land. AEDs are available on ships, the cruise line said, and said doctors and nurses aboard are certified in CPR and advanced cardiac life support. A spokeswoman also said that the line’s medical facilities “meet or exceed the guidelines established by the cruise ship medicine section of the American College of Emergency Physicians.”

6 Ways Your Cat Can Make You Sick - Or Even Kill You
Bottom Line's Daily Health news
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/content/article/health-a-healing/6-ways-your-cat-can-make-you-sick-or-even-kill-you.
Summary:  But there are also risks—big risks—to sharing space with cats. Richard O’Brien, MD, an emergency physician based in Scranton, Pennsylvania, admits that he loves cats and has had a few himself, but he’s also seen firsthand how dangerous they can be. How can your own pet cat hurt you.

Ketamine Can Be A onder Drug for ER Patients And Their Physicians
Reuters
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/acep-ketamine-er-use-idUSnPn79yMpm+84+PRN20140723
Summary:  "For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation, despite decades-old studies that suggested it raised intracranial pressure."

On the front lines of health reform: It’s still hard to gauge health law’s impact on emergency rooms
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Monday, July 21st, 2014
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jul/21/front-lines-health-reform-its-still-hard-gauge-hea/
Summary:  “We only expect volumes to increase,” said Sudave Mendiratta, president of the Tennessee College of Emergency Physicians and an emergency physician at Erlanger. “The emergency department will continue to be a safety net for all patients regardless of their insurance status, but we are also moving to become the hub of the medical wheel.”

An E.R. Without a Hospital Is Set to Open at the Former St. Vincent’s
The New York Times
Monday, July 14th, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/nyregion/an-er-without-a-hospital-is-set-to-open-at-the-former-st-vincents.html?src=twr&_r=0
Summary:  Dr. Howard Mell, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said that in about 1 percent of cases, minutes could make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one, and the extra time for the transfer might be detrimental.
But, he said, there were also cases in which getting to an emergency room sooner — because a free-standing emergency room had opened in an area that lacked a hospital — could be lifesaving.

Intervention Through Text Messages Cuts Binge Drinking in Young Adults 
Reuters Health
Thursday, July 10th, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/idUSnGNX65CQZT+1cf+GNW20140710
Summary:  Lead author Brian Suffoletto, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Pitt, and his colleagues designed the first-of-its-kind trial, funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), the grant arm of the American College of Emergency Physicians, to see if mobile phone text messaging--ever-present among college students--could be used to effectively collect drinking data, deliver feedback and change drinking behavior in young adults.

Race is On to Profit From Rise of Urgent Care
The New York Times
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/business/race-is-on-to-profit-from-rise-of-urgent-care.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSumSmallMedia&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
Summary: “We have a number of urgent care centers that have opened up around where I practice, and almost every day, we have patients transferred to us from one of them,” said Dr. Robert E. O’Connor, the chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and vice president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Adolescents seek out emergency care for dating violence
CNN iReport
Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1149401?ref=feeds%2Flatest
Summary: Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.

The U.S. mental health crisis feeds into emergency room violence
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2014/07/02/ER-violence/stories/201407020081
Summary:  In a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians, an overwhelming 84 percent of ER docs report that psychiatric patients are being held or “boarded” in their emergency department — sometimes for several days — with nine in 10 saying that this practice has led to violent behavior, distracted staff or bed shortages, all of which may harm patients.

Don't get burned by your summer enjoyment
USA Today
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/17/summer-safety-tips/9917113/
Summary: Most insect bites and stings are easily treatable and non-threatening, but some people can have allergic reactions that require emergency treatment, and some bites can introduce disease into the human body, says Alexander Rosenau, president of The American College of Emergency Physicians.

Editorial: Obamacare boosts ER patients, wait times
Orange County Register
Tuesday June 10th, 2014

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/emergency-617573-medicaid-physicians.html
Summary: Five hours, 26 minutes. That’s the average length of time, according to the California Healthcare Foundation, that emergency room patients in this state must wait before being admitted to a hospital as an inpatient.

Obamacare and ER visits: We told you so!
Bruce McQuain
U-T San Diego

Tuesday June 10th, 2014
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/10/obamacare-er-visits-we-told-you-so/
Summary: Why yes, yes they did. And they also told us it was because of the expense of this sort of medical care that the benevolent and non-intrusive federal government saw a reason to attempt to manage this through its new and wonderful law. Surprise! Nationally, nearly half of ER doctors responding to a recent poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians said they’ve seen more visits since Jan.1st. 

Doctors in emergency rooms say they are busier since Obamacare began; hospitals struggle to handle extra patients
Kentucky Health News
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://kyhealthnews.blogspot.com/2014/06/doctors-in-emergency-rooms-say-they-are.html
Summary: Nearly half of emergency-room doctors say their ERs have seen an increase in patients since health reform went into effect, and 86 percent say they expect the increase to continue, according to a poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Of the 1,845 completed surveys, 9 percent said ER visits had increased greatly and 37 percent said they had increased slightly.

Doctors say ER visits are up since Obamacare began; hospitals struggle to handle extra patients
The Rural Blog
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://irjci.blogspot.com/2014/06/doctors-say-er-visits-are-up-since.html
Summary: Nearly half of emergency-room doctors say their ERs have seen an increase in patients since health reform went into effect, and 86 percent say they expect the increase to continue, according to a poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Of the 1,845 completed surveys, 9 percent said ER visits had increased greatly and 37 percent said they had increased slightly.

Hershey’s Chocolate Sues Marijuana Edible Companies in Colorado and Washington
West Hartford News
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://business-news.thestreet.com/west-hartford-news/story/hersheys-chocolate-sues-marijuana-edible-companies-colorado-and-washington/1
Summary: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation May 21 tightening controls over this. A study was published this year , in the Annals of Emergency Medicine , about an increase of incidents of unintended pediatric exposure to marijuana in relation to marijuana decriminalization, medical marijuana and legalization.

Hershey’s Chocolate Sues Marijuana Edible Companies in Colorado and Washington
Phoenixville Phoenix
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://business-news.thestreet.com/phoenixville-news/story/hersheys-chocolate-sues-marijuana-edible-companies-colorado-and-washington/1
Summary: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation May 21 tightening controls over this. A study was published this year , in the Annals of Emergency Medicine , about an increase of incidents of unintended pediatric exposure to marijuana in relation to marijuana decriminalization, medical marijuana and legalization.

Hospitals Put Pharmacists In The ER To Cut Medication Errors
New England Public Radio
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://nepr.net/news/2014/06/09/hospitals-put-pharmacists-in-the-er-to-cut-medication-errors/
Summary: In the emergency department at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, pharmacists who specialize in emergency medicine review each medication to make sure it’s the right one in the right dose. It’s part of the hospital’s efforts to cut down on medication errors and dangerous drug interactions , which contribute to more than 7,000 deaths across the country each year.

Hospitals Put Pharmacists In the ER To Cut Medication Errors
NPR
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/09/318567633/hospitals-put-pharmacists-in-the-er-to-cut-medication-errors?ft=1&f=1001
Summary: hide caption Brian Micalizzi, a pharmacist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, prepares an antibiotic prescribed to a patient in the emergency department. Juan Pulido / Courtesy of Children’s Medical Center In the emergency department at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, pharmacists who specialize in emergency medicine review each medication to make sure it’s the right one in the right dose.

Hospitals Put Pharmacists In the ER To Cut Medication Errors
New Hampshire Public Radio
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://nhpr.org/post/hospitals-put-pharmacists-er-cut-medication-errors
Summary: In the emergency department at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, pharmacists who specialize in emergency medicine review each medication to make sure it’s the right one in the right dose. It’s part of the hospital’s efforts to cut down on medication errors and dangerous drug interactions, which contribute to more than 7,000 deaths across the country each year.

More patients flocking to ERs under ACA
KING 5
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.king5.com/health/care/More-patients-ERs-Obamacare-ACA-262372981.html
Summary: LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It wasn’t supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month.

SURPRISE: More patients flocking to ERs under Obamacare...
Louisville Courier-Journal
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2014/06/07/patients-flocking-emergency-rooms-obamacare/10181349/ 
Summary: Norton Hospital emergency room technician Christy Coviello adjusts an ice pack on Richard Roberts. Roberts received health care coverage via Coventry Care a few months ago.

Under Health Law, States Serve As Testing Grounds For Innovation
Kaiser Health News
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2014/June/09/health-law-implementation-news.aspx
Summary: Media outlets report on a range of issues related to the measure’s implementation, including how some states are finding opportunities in the overhaul to pursue their own health system changes. Also in the news, the latest on the roles being played by emergency rooms, faith-based non-profits and accountable care organizations.

You can drown after you leave the pool
National News
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.ksat.com/lifestyle/health/You-can-drown-after-you-leave-the-pool/26405358
Summary: The swimmer often appears fine immediately after the event. But over time, water left in the swimmer’s lungs begins to cause edema, or swelling, said Dr. Juan Fitz, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians in Lubbock, Texas. When the lungs’ alveoli are filled with water, they cannot exchange oxygen to and from the blood.

You can drown after you leave the pool
CNN.com - Health
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/health/secondary-drowning-symptoms/index.html
Summary: The swimmer often appears fine immediately after the event. But over time, water left in the swimmer’s lungs begins to cause edema, or swelling, said Dr. Juan Fitz, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians in Lubbock, Texas. When the lungs’ alveoli are filled with water, they cannot exchange oxygen to and from the blood.

You can drown after you leave the pool
WGAL Channel
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.wgal.com/health/You-can-drown-after-you-leave-the-pool/26405358
Summary: The swimmer often appears fine immediately after the event. But over time, water left in the swimmer’s lungs begins to cause edema, or swelling, said Dr. Juan Fitz, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians in Lubbock, Texas. When the lungs’ alveoli are filled with water, they cannot exchange oxygen to and from the blood.

You can drown after you leave the pool
Louisville Channel
Monday June 9th, 2014

http://www.wlky.com/health/You-can-drown-after-you-leave-the-pool/26405358
Summary: The swimmer often appears fine immediately after the event. But over time, water left in the swimmer’s lungs begins to cause edema, or swelling, said Dr. Juan Fitz, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians in Lubbock, Texas. When the lungs’ alveoli are filled with water, they cannot exchange oxygen to and from the blood.

More patients flocking to ERs under Affordable Care Act
Detroit Free Press
Sunday June 8th, 2014

http://www.freep.com/article/20140608/NEWS07/306080122/obamacare-affordable-care-act-hospital
Summary: LOUISVILLE, KY. — It wasn’t supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month.

More patients flocking to ERs under Obamacare
USA Today
Sunday June 8th, 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/08/more-patients-flocking-to-ers-under-obamacare/10173015/
Summary: LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It wasn’t supposed to work this way, but since the Affordable Care Act took effect in January, Norton Hospital has seen its packed emergency room become even more crowded, with about 100 more patients a month.

84% of Emergency Physicians Report Using ER Space to Hold Psych Patients
Becker’s Hospital Review
Saturday June 7th, 2014

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/capacity-management/84-of-emergency-physicians-report-using-er-space-to-hold-psych-patients.html
Summary: According to a recent survey of emergency physicians administered by the American College of Emergency Physicians, 84 percent report psychiatric patients are held in their emergency departments. Of those who reported the practice, 91 percent also reported boarding psychiatric patients in the ED has led to bed shortages, distracted staff or violent behavior on the part of the psychiatric patients.

ER Hospital Visits Mounting Because of Obamacare, Studies Show
Salisbury News
Friday June 6th, 2014

http://sbynews.blogspot.com/2014/06/er-hospital-visits-mounting-because-of.html
Summary: Emergency room visits have not slowed down, as Obamacare backers predicted when they supported the Affordable Care Act. Instead, as the ACA and the accompanying expansion of Medicaid are implemented, they’ve corresponded with an increase in people seeking urgent hospital care.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Good Day Sacramento
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://markets.financialcontent.com/cbscid.cw50detroit/news/read?GUID=27373721
Summary:  As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools. “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau , president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
CBS Atlanta
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.cbs46.com/story/25691572/cut-grass-not-limbs
Summary: “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau More than 250,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Fox Toledo
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/25691493/cut-grass-not-limbs
Summary:  “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau More than 250,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Reuters
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/04/acep-mower-accident-idUSnPn3mBssh+88+PRN20140604
Summary: As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools.”Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
BusinessWeek
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/markets/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201406041041PR_NEWS_USPRX____DC42271-1
Summary: As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools. “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Wall Street Select
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://investor.wallstreetselect.com/wss/news/read?GUID=27373721
Summary: The first piece of advice is simple: Keep young children away from lawnmowers. In a recent case, an emergency physician treated a 5 year old child who “slipped, tripped and fell while his father was mowing the lawn and lost the better part of three fingers.” Lawn Mower Safety “People need to realize that they are inches from a metal blade moving at high velocity,” said Dr. Rosenau.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Sacramento Bee
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/04/6457187/cut-grass-not-limbs.html#mi_rss=PR%20Newswire
Summary: As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools. “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
HealthNewsDigest.com
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/National_30/Cut-Grass-Not-Limbs.shtml
Summary: ”Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “The most aggravating thing is that many, if not most of these injuries, are easily preventable.” More than 250,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries last year, according to the U.S.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
Good Day Sacramento
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://markets.financialcontent.com/cbscid.gooddaysacramento/news/read?GUID=27373721
Summary: As more Americans venture outdoors this summer to do yard work, the nation’s emergency physicians urge caution and common sense when using lawnmowers or other powerful lawn tools. “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau , president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
ABC News 4 Charleston
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.abcnews4.com/story/25691572/cut-grass-not-limbs
Summary: “Unfortunately, we see often see serious injuries to hands, fingers, legs and feet this time of year,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau More than 250,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Cut Grass, Not Limbs
TheStreet.com
Wednesday June 4th, 2014

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12733401/1/cut-grass-not-limbs.html
Summary:  The first piece of advice is simple: Keep young children away from lawnmowers. In a recent case, an emergency physician treated a 5 year old child who “slipped, tripped and fell while his father was mowing the lawn and lost the better part of three fingers.” Lawn Mower Safety Wear shoes, not sandals. Keep all exposed skin away from the moving blade.

Cool and Calm at Center of an E.R. Maelstrom in the Bronx
New York Times
May 28th, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/29/nyregion/lincoln-hospitals-emergency-room-may-be-new-york-citys-busiest.html?_r=0
Summary: “They may come in here for a sprained ankle and we see their blood pressure, and that’s a much bigger issue. It’s not always straightforward.”
Lincoln, part of the city’s public hospital system, admits patients regardless of their ability to pay, in a borough with high rates of poverty, unemployment, violent crime and chronic disease. Lincoln’s executive director, Milton Nuñez, said that while each emergency room visit cost the hospital an average of $500, the patients themselves often paid far less. Hospital workers help those with no insurance apply for financial assistance, including Medicaid, and refer them to clinics afterward for preventive care.

Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites in ER: Study
Health Day
Wednesday May 28th, 2014
http://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/emergencies-and-first-aid-news-227/briefs-emb-5-28-4pmet-trauma-patients-race-survival-jama-surgery-hopkins-release-batch-1213-688216.html
Summary: The study was published online May 28 in the journal JAMA Surgery. More information The American College of Emergency Physicians has more about seniors’ safety. 

Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites in ER: Study
US News & World Report
Wednesday May 28th, 2014

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2014/05/28/older-black-trauma-patients-fare-better-than-whites-in-er-study
Summary: Caitlin Hicks said in the news release. “This is an important finding in racial disparities research that we need to look into and learn from,” she added. The study was published online May 28 in the journal JAMA Surgery . 

Older Black Trauma Patients Fare Better Than Whites in ER: Study
Yahoo Health News
Wednesday May 28th, 2014

http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/hsn/older-black-trauma-patients-fare-better-than-whites-in-er-study
Summary: Caitlin Hicks said in the news release. “This is an important finding in racial disparities research that we need to look into and learn from,” she added. The study was published online May 28 in the journal JAMA Surgery. 

Editorial: Working? Really?
Augusta Chronicle
Tuesday May 27th, 2014

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-05-26/working-really?v=1401143245
Summary: You shouldn’t be. The mainstream media have little interest in covering the sweeping legislation’s ongoing impact, especially stories that go against the administration’s success-story narrative. Here’s an example: A study released Wednesday by the American College of Emergency Physicians found that emergency room visits are up nationwide, despite Obamacare’s promises that they would drop.

Field EMS Bill Introduced in Senate Gains Support
JEMS.com
Tuesday May 27th, 2014

http://www.jems.com/article/news/field-ems-bill-introduced-senate
Summary: The first bill to seriously look at EMS issues since the 1960s, the act would improve access to essential and life-saving EMS services and better integrate EMS within the larger health care system. “Our nation’s medical first responders are saving lives on a daily basis and can make all the difference in emergency situations,” Senator Michael Bennet said.

Doctors Think Emergency Room Visits Are Going To Explode Under Obamacare
Yahoo! News
Monday May 26th, 2014

http://news.yahoo.com/doctors-think-emergency-room-visits-165000553.html
Summary: One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was its theoretical potential to reduce costly emergency room visits, given the law’s access to coverage. But a new survey shows that so far under the healthcare law, more people are going to the emergency room. 

Tips to Avoid a Summertime ER Visit
CBSNews.com
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tips-to-avoid-a-summertime-er-visit/ 
Summary:  Dr. Antonio Dajer, director of the emergency department at the New York-Presbyterian hospital campus in Lower Manhattan has seen it all: the beach-goer who looks like a lobster; the party animal with a cracked skull who claims to have only had two beers; and the weekend warrior who got a little too creative on a skateboard.


Will This Obamacare "Emergency" Lead to Big Profits For One Sector?
The Motley Fool
Saturday, May 24th, 2014
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/05/24/will-this-obamacare-emergency-lead-to-big-profits.aspx
Summary: According to a survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians, or ACEP, nearly half of all emergency room doctors have reported an increase in ER visits since the beginning of the year with 86% expecting a rise in visits within the next three years.

Someone Died Because They Were Afraid Of How Much Calling 911 Would Cost
Huffington Post
Saturday May 24th, 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/24/911-costs_n_5386219.html?utm_hp_ref=business&ir=Business
Summary: NewsOk.com tells the story of Allen, a 53-year-old Norman, Okla. man who died alone in his apartment. Heart attack and heart troubles were among the suspected causes, but according to the report, a neighbor claims he was afraid to call 911 because of how much it might cost to go to the emergency room. As told by Allen’s neighbor, Lori, to NewsOk.com : “Why didn’t you call 911?” Lori asked him.

Letter: Celebrate emergency medical professionals
State Journal-Register
Friday May 23rd, 2014

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20140523/OPINION/140529752/2011/OPINION?rssfeed=true
Summary: This week St. John’s Hospital, alongside the entire country, celebrates National Emergency Medical Services Week. This is a time set aside by the American College of Emergency Physicians to salute the more than 960,000 professionals and volunteers who are “Dedicated. For Life” – the theme of this year’s observance. These heroes utilize quick actions and selfless behavior every day.

ACEP Celebrates 40 Years of National EMS Week May 18-24 With the Theme “EMS: Dedicated. For Life.”
NewsRX
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.newsrx.com/newsletters/Biotech-Business-Week/2014-05-26/50526201481BB.html
Summary: (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Business Week -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) celebrates four decades of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week starting May 18(th) with events in communities across the nation, as well as several national events organized around the theme “EMS: Dedicated.

Doctors Think Emergency Room Visits Are Going To Explode Under Obamacare
Atlanta Journal And Constitution
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.ajc.com/feed/business/doctors-think-emergency-room-visits-are-going-to/fch2f/
Summary: One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was its theoretical potential to reduce costly emergency-room visits, given the law’s access to coverage. But a new survey shows that so far under the healthcare law, more people are going to the emergency room. 

Doctors Think Emergency Room Visits Are Going To Explode Under Obamacare
Stamford Advocate
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Doctors-Think-Emergency-Room-Visits-Are-Going-To-5498450.php
Summary: One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was its theoretical potential to reduce costly emergency room visits, given the law’s access to coverage. But a new survey shows that so far under the healthcare law, more people are going to the emergency room. 

Doctors Think Emergency Room Visits Are Going To Explode Under Obamacare
Connecticut Post

Thursday May 22nd, 2014
http://www.ctpost.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Doctors-Think-Emergency-Room-Visits-Are-Going-To-5498450.php
Summary: One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was its theoretical potential to reduce costly emergency room visits, given the law’s access to coverage. But a new survey shows that so far under the healthcare law, more people are going to the emergency room. 

Doctors Think Emergency Room Visits Are Going To Explode Under Obamacare
Houston Chronicle
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.chron.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Doctors-Think-Emergency-Room-Visits-Are-Going-To-5498450.php
Summary: One of the major selling points of the Affordable Care Act was its theoretical potential to reduce costly emergency room visits, given the law’s access to coverage. But a new survey shows that so far under the healthcare law, more people are going to the emergency room. 

Hospitals keeping track of emergency room visits after Affordable Care Act
Radio Iowa
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.radioiowa.com/2014/05/22/hospitals-keeping-track-of-emergency-room-visits-after-affordable-care-act/
Summary: Hospitals and doctors have been closely watching to see how the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act would affect patient volumes in emergency rooms. One hope was that people who previously didn’t have insurance and went to the ER for treatment would now go to a doctor’s office for treatment.

Obamacare expected to be boon to urgent care facilities
New Jersey Online
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/obamacare_expected_to_be_boon_to_urgent_care.html
Summary: ”They’re looking for medical treatment, period,” Yates said. “They’re not basing it on a relationship.” • Having relied on emergency rooms during health crises, they’ve grown accustomed to getting treatment right away, without waiting for an appointment, Yates said. “Their past exposure to health care has been the ER,” he said.

Study Shows ER Visits on the Rise Despite ObamaCare; Networks Say Nothing
AllVoices
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.allvoices.com/news/17132218-study-shows-er-visits-on-the-rise-despite-obamacare-networks-say-nothing
Summary: The same has held true in four states which expanded Medicaid at the start of 2014 (emphases mine): ER physicians met Tuesday with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to press for a congressional hearing on the law’s impact on ERs, such as longer wait times.

Xanax-related ER visits double in 6 years
WBAL Channel
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.wbaltv.com/Xanax-related-ER-visits-double-in-6-years/26115356
Summary: Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

Xanax-related ER visits double in 6 years
Louisville Channel
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.wlky.com/Xanax-related-ER-visits-double-in-6-years/26115356
Summary: Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

Xanax-related ER visits double in 6 years
ClickOnDetroit.com
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

http://www.clickondetroit.com/Xanax-related-ER-visits-double-in-6-years/26115356
Summary: Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

Xanax-related ER visits double in 6 years
May 22nd, 2014
CNN

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/22/xanax-related-er-visits-double-in-6-years/
Summary: Alprazolam, the prescription sedative more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax, is being implicated in a spiraling number of emergency room visits, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration . Over the past few years, the number of ER visits associated with misuse of the drug more than doubled.

Emergency Docs Fear Surge of Patients Under ACA
Medscape
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825467
Summary: Emergency medicine has been in a state of emergency, it seems, for several decades now, and a new survey of its practitioners suggests that healthcare reform could make things worse.

Emergency room visits up after ACA, physician group reports
Albuquerque Business News - Local Albuquerque News | Albuquerque Business First
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/news/2014/05/21/emergency-room-visits-up-after-aca-physician-group.html
Summary: Emergency room visits up after ACA, physician group reports Enlarge Photo Minerva Studio One of the theories behind the Affordable Care Act was that with most every American getting health insurance, visits to hospital emergency rooms would decline as more people got preventive care from primary care doctors.

Emergency room visits up after Obamacare implementation, survey says
Washington Examiner
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://washingtonexaminer.com/emergency-room-visits-up-after-obamacare-implementation-survey-says/article/2548730?custom_click=rss
Summary: The number of people visiting hospital emergency rooms has climbed in Massachusetts, despite the enactment of nearly universal health insurance that some hoped would reduce expensive emergency department use.

ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say
Huffington Post
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/obamacare-emergency-room_n_5352987.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living&ir=Healthy+Living
Summary: Emergency room visits are rising at U.S. hospitals since health coverage under Obamacare began in January, according to a survey of physicians. More people may be visiting hospital emergency departments this year as health benefits from Obamacare went live, according to a survey of physicians published Wednesday .

ER Visits Rise
WSJ This Morning
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://blogs.wsj.com/wsjam/2014/05/21/er-visits-rise/?mod=WSJBlog
Summary: WSJ This Morning Staff ER Visits Rise Despite Law Early evidence suggests that emergency rooms have become busier since the Affordable Care Act expanded insurance coverage this year, despite the law’s goal of reducing unnecessary care in ERs. Dr. Becky Parker of the American College of Emergency Physicians discussed why Obamacare is putting ER doctors in a pinch.

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
MyFoxTallahassee.com
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.myfoxtallahassee.com/story/25571981/er-visits-up-since-implementation-of-affordable-care-act
Summary: Nearly 9 in 10 ER Docs Report Psych Patients Being Held in Their ERs WASHINGTON “Emergency visits will increase in large part because more people will have health insurance and therefore will be seeking medical care,” said Alex Rosenau.

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
State Journal
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.statejournal.com/story/25571981/er-visits-up-since-implementation-of-affordable-care-act
Summary: Nearly 9 in 10 ER Docs Report Psych Patients Being Held in Their ERs WASHINGTON “Emergency visits will increase in large part because more people will have health insurance and therefore will be seeking medical care,” said Alex Rosenau. 

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
Sacramento Bee
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/20/6420298/er-visits-up-since-implementation.html#mi_rss=PR%20Newswire
Summary: Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to take effect. In an online poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 86 percent expect emergency visits to increase over the next three years.

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
Good Day Sacramento
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://markets.financialcontent.com/cbscid.kstw/news/read?GUID=27260205
Summary: Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to take effect. In an online poll conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), 86 percent expect emergency visits to increase over the next three years.

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
Fox Toledo
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/25571981/er-visits-up-since-implementation-of-affordable-care-act
Summary: Nearly 9 in 10 ER Docs Report Psych Patients Being Held in Their ERs WASHINGTON “Emergency visits will increase in large part because more people will have health insurance and therefore will be seeking medical care,” said Alex Rosenau. 

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
CBS 3 Springfield
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/25571986/er-visits-up-since-implementation-of-affordable-care-act
Summary: Nearly 9 in 10 ER Docs Report Psych Patients Being Held in Their ERs WASHINGTON “Emergency visits will increase in large part because more people will have health insurance and therefore will be seeking medical care,” said Alex Rosenau. 

ER Visits Up Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act
Reuters
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/21/more-er-visits-aca-idUSnPn5pn1Bz+82+PRN20140521
Summary:  Nearly half of emergency physicians responding to a poll are already seeing a rise in emergency visits since January 1 when expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) began to take effect.

Fit to fly?
Taranaki Daily News
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/features/travel/10068007/Who-says-you-re-fit-to-fly
Summary: The risk, the doctors explained, was that as the plane went up and the cabin air pressure went down, the air trapped between my lung and my chest wall would expand, further squashing my lung - with potentially dire consequences. Do a little online reading and the stories of emergency in-flight interventions could scare you onto an ocean liner.

Morning Must Reads: May 21
Time
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://time.com/107243/morning-must-reads-may-21/
Summary: 1, while more than a quarter say their patient volume has remained the same, according to a survey to be released Wednesday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.” 

Obama Adm. Makes Adjustments To Offset Insurers’ Health Law Losses
Kaiser Health News
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Daily-Reports/2014/May/21/cost-and-implementation-news.aspx
Summary: The Los Angeles Times reports that this move was included in a bulky set of regulations issued last week and comes as part of an effort to minimize next year’s expected premium rate increases. Also in the news, the findings of a survey of emergency room physicians about how the overhaul has impacted patient volume in the E.R.

Tough Mudder Rescue Diver’s Heart Stops
ABC News
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/tough-mudder-rescue-divers-heart-stops-critical-condition/story?id=23786861
Summary: The race promises to be “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” and has obstacles with names like “Fire in Your Hole,” “Electric Eel” and “Arctic Enema.” Researchers examined emergency room visits following a Tough Mudder in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in a study published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2013.

Tough Mudder Rescue Diver’s Heart Stops, in Critical Condition
Yahoo! News
Wednesday May 21st, 2014

http://news.yahoo.com/tough-mudder-rescue-diver-heart-stops-critical-condition-112230592--abc-news-topstories.html
Summary: The race promises to be “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” and has obstacles with names like “Fire in Your Hole,” “Electric Eel” and “Arctic Enema.” Researchers examined emergency room visits following a Tough Mudder in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in a study published by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2013.

Beezin’ May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Tuesday May 20th, 2014

http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-beezin-may-be-bogus-but-other-dopey-teen-fads-can-bite-back/
Summary: These experiments would be pretty harmless — the worst side effect of beezin’ would be an inflamed eyelid, doctors say. But other DIY attempts to get high have landed adolescents in the emergency room. That includes drinking hand sanitizer, swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon and overdosing on cough medicines.

Beezin’ May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back
NPR
Tuesday May 20th, 2014

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/20/313963916/beezin-may-be-bogus-but-other-dopey-teen-fads-can-bite-back?ft=1&f=1001
Summary: These experiments would be pretty harmless — the worst side effect of beezin’ would be an inflamed eyelid, doctors say. But other DIY attempts to get high have landed adolescents in the emergency room. That includes drinking hand sanitizer, swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon and overdosing on cough medicines.

Beezin’ May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back
Vermont Public Radio
Tuesday May 20th, 2014

http://digital.vpr.net/post/beezin-may-be-bogus-other-dopey-teen-fads-can-bite-back
Summary: These experiments would be pretty harmless — the worst side effect of beezin’ would be an inflamed eyelid, doctors say. But other DIY attempts to get high have landed adolescents in the emergency room. That includes drinking hand sanitizer, swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon and overdosing on cough medicines.

Geriatric Emergency Department Care: The Pharmacist’s Role
U.S.Pharmacist
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.uspharmacist.com/content/d/senior_care/c/48361/
Summary: US Pharmacist. 2014(5):18-21. In the United States, patients admitted through the emergency department (ED) represent over one-half of hospital admissions. 1 Of importance to pharmacists, nearly 70% of those admitted receive a nonsurgical diagnosis. 1 According to the CDC, adverse drug events cause over 700,000 ED visits per year.

Identity as a Risk Factor
Tampa Bay Medical News
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.tampabaymedicalnews.com/content/identity-risk-factor
Summary:  The HealthyWomen 2010 survey, in partnership with the National Stroke Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians, found that women believe breast cancer is five times more prevalent than stroke, and 40 percent of those surveyed were ‘only somewhat’ or ‘not at all’ concerned about experiencing a stroke.

Mentally ill boy held 2 weeks in emergency room
Bellingham Herald
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/05/16/3646556/mentally-ill-boy-held-2-weeks.html#storylink=rss
Summary: For two weeks, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed with serious mental health issues sat in an emergency room bed at United General Hospital. After countless daily phone calls to facilities across the state, the hospital wasn’t sure what else to do other than keep the boy there and hope a placement opened. An involuntary treatment hearing was held Thursday.

Mentally ill boy held 2 weeks in emergency room
Modesto Bee
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/16/3343586/mentally-ill-boy-held-2-weeks.html#storylink=rss
Summary: For two weeks, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed with serious mental health issues sat in an emergency room bed at United General Hospital. After countless daily phone calls to facilities across the state, the hospital wasn’t sure what else to do other than keep the boy there and hope a placement opened. An involuntary treatment hearing was held Thursday.

Mentally ill boy held 2 weeks in emergency room
Sacramento Bee
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/16/6411434/mentally-ill-boy-held-2-weeks.html
Summary: For two weeks, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed with serious mental health issues sat in an emergency room bed at United General Hospital. After countless daily phone calls to facilities across the state, the hospital wasn’t sure what else to do other than keep the boy there and hope a placement opened. An involuntary treatment hearing was held Thursday.

Mentally ill boy held 2 weeks in emergency room
Raleigh News & Observer
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/05/16/3866839/mentally-ill-boy-held-2-weeks.html?sp=/99/102/114/
Summary: And he said those resources have continued to shrink while demand grows. “We are a wealthy country, we are a wealthy state, yet we somehow pretend that we can’t afford to provide these services,” Shreffler said. United General officials said the emergency room isn’t set up to handle mental-health cases or long-term care but has few options when treatment beds can’t be found for the mentally ill.

Washington boy with mental health issues held 2 weeks in emergency room
Oregonian
Friday May 16th, 2014

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/05/mentally_ill_washington_boy_he.html
Summary: For two weeks, a 13-year-old boy diagnosed with serious mental health issues sat in an emergency room bed at PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, formerly United General Hospital. After countless daily phone calls to facilities across the state, the hospital wasn’t sure what else to do other than keep the boy there and hope a placement opened.

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