In the News: September 28–October 4

Freestanding Emergency Departments Are Located in Higher-Income Areas

A study conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found a positive correlation between the location of freestanding EDs (FSEDs) and areas of higher household incomes. While FSEDs represent a way to increase access, the study suggests the existence of disparities for the medically underserved.

FSEDs have been rapidly rising in recent years, and while they have offered added convenience for consumers, limitations in price and service transparency have resulted in high out-of-pocket costs and the exploration of new models. Read on to learn about the various approaches and strategies on freestanding EDs in the Sg2 Expert Insight: Freestanding EDs Evolve to Meet Consumer Needs and Fill Access Gaps.

National Collaborative Aims to Improve Emergency Care for Older Adults

Recently, 4 national medical societies and 9 health systems established a national geriatric emergency department collaborative (GEDC). The GEDC will build upon previously developed expert guidelines on geriatric emergency care to help the partnering health systems “promote a variety of proven techniques for improving care for older patients.”

Providing high-quality, cost-effective geriatric care is a formidable challenge facing health care organizations, and one that will only become more pressing as the population ages. Read the Sg2 FAQ: Increasing Demand for Geriatric Services to learn about how leading organizations have developed a variety of geriatric programs and have adopted innovative approaches to overcome staffing challenges.

Comparison Tools Provide Patients With Inadequate Information on Post-Acute Care

A recent Health Affairs blog article highlights challenges patients face in using online comparison tools, such as Nursing Home Compare, to choose a post-acute care (PAC) site to meet their needs and preferences. The authors assert these tools often lack information on facility features that are meaningful to patients seeking PAC, such as the availability of providers on-site or the physical setting where the patient resides and care is delivered.

The patient journey through the PAC landscape continues to be complex, but organizations can use performance data to assess the quality of different PAC sites, which can help them identify preferred PAC providers to steer patients to. To learn more about PAC strategies, read the Sg2 Expert Insight: Strategic Countdown: Restructuring Post-Acute Care.

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