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Standalone EDs: The Starbucks of healthcare?

from Medpage Today

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission expressed concern over the growth of standalone emergency departments, and the high concentration of these centers in wealthy neighborhoods. There are currently 387 hospital-based off-campus EDs across the U.S., mostly in urban and suburban settings. Their numbers grew by 76 percent from 2008 to 2015 and they appear highly concentrated in metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Houston and Seattle, said Zach Gaumer, MPS, senior analyst for the commission during an expert panel convened last week. more

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