Monday, January 7, 2013

Costs of Emergency Care

According to an article published by ACEP, emergency rooms are cost-effective.

Some statistics on Emergency Care:
  • Emergency Care represents 2% of $2.1 trillion in health care expenditures in the United States
  • The Emergency Room has multiple resources in same area including: 
    • diagnostic testing
    • laboratory testing
    • pharmaceuticals
    • access to other medical specialists
  • 20-25% of the fee for the Emergency Room visit is for the physician
  • Half of emergency services go uncompensated according to the CMS
  • In 2006, more than 60% of emergency patients had some kind of government health insurance
  • Those who are unable to afford regular medical care often go to emergency rooms for care
    • Emergency Departments serve as a portal for 3/4 of the unisured patients who are admitted to US Hospitals.
To view the full article, please click the following link: Costs of Emergency Care

For additional medical billing and coding resources, please click the following link: Medical Billing and Coding Resources

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