ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: Iowa Medical Society’s Tort Reform Agenda

ACUTE CARE, INC. supports the Iowa Medical Society’s Tort Reform Agenda, a centerpiece of the organization’s Physician Week on the Hill. In the past four years, Iowa has seen a substantial jump in high-dollar medical malpractice awards against physicians and facilities. Driven by the questionable tactics of national trial attorneys exploiting Iowa’s lack of a […]

ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: the FDA’s Efforts at Resolving Drug Shortages

Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions, published in October 2019, examines the underlying factors responsible for drug shortages and recommends enduring solutions. The inter-agency Drug Shortage Task Force, which was led by FDA, oversaw the analysis of drug shortage data and development of recommendations in response to a request from 31 U.S. senators and […]

In Depth: Community Paramedicine

Community paramedicine is a relatively new and evolving healthcare model. It allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to operate in expanded roles by assisting with public health and primary healthcare and preventive services to underserved populations in the community. The goal is to improve access to care and avoid duplicating existing services. Source: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/community-paramedicine Though […]

ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: Joint Commission’s Reducing Sepsis Mortality Targeted Solutions Tool

ACUTE CARE, INC. supports the Joint Commission’s Reducing Sepsis Mortality Targeted Solutions Tool Following a comprehensive quality improvement project with a cohort of 5 hospitals across the country and a subsequent pilot that reduced sepsis mortality anywhere from nearly 25% for the cohort and from nearly 20% to over 50% for the pilot, the Joint […]

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ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: The National Association Medical Staff Services

ACUTE CARE, INC.  supports NAMSS, the National Association Medical Staff Services. Credentialing (along with recruitment and scheduling) is one of ACUTE CARE, INC.‘s core operations  competencies, and NAMSS represents, educates and advocates for those professionals and their colleagues at partner healthcare facilities. From the organization’s website:  NAMSS is committed to enhancing the professional development of and […]

In Depth: CMS’ Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) Model

For this entry in the In Depth Series, we will be examining the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new ET3 reimbursement model. Our choice of this topic was prompted by an article in RevCycle Intelligence, CMS Announces 184 Participants For ET3 Model, New Funding, which included this except: CMS has shared the final list […]

ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: The Minnesota Statewide Trauma System

Minnesota’s trauma system is a network of hospitals and ambulance services organized and coordinated to optimize the care provided to seriously injured people by ensuring that injured people are cared for at a hospital with resources that are matched with the injured persons’ needs. In 2005 the Minnesota Legislature established a statewide trauma system and […]

ACUTE CARE, INC. Supports: The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) is a national policy research organization with a mission to: (1) undertake unbiased research and analysis on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America; (2) improve the understanding of the impacts of public policies and programs on rural people and places, using original research and policy analysis; and […]

In Depth: The Opioid Crisis and the Emergency Departments

Author’s Note: The intent of this document is to describe the extent of the opioid crisis and the role of the Emergency Department team in caring for the affected patient population. I have chosen to set aside, for the time being, considerations of specific therapy, notably Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), as that subject deserves its […]