The end of ER diversions
from By Mark Huber
The problem of emergency room overcrowding is not new. It creates a chain of failure, particularly when ambulances with critically ill patients aboard — on the ground or in the air — must divert to a secondary hospital, and therefore delay the onset of care. Diversion often has another unsavory consequence: dropping off insured patients at out-of-network hospitals, subjecting them to sticker shock bills for any work that needed to be done in the facility, but outside the ER. How to best handle this problem has been debated for more than two decades.
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