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Medicaid Patients are High Users But Not Abusers of ER Services, Report Says

Medicaid patients use hospital emergency rooms more frequently than privately insured and uninsured patients but are not overusing or abusing ER services. So says the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) in a recent report that contradicts the widely held belief that Medicaid patients abuse hospital ER services. According to “Revisiting Emergency Department Use in Medicaid,” “Higher ED use among Medicaid enrollees is explained mostly by the higher rates and more severe cases of chronic disease and disability they experience relative to those who are privately insured and uninsured.” In addition, MACPAC found, “High ED use also can [&hellip

Patient Satisfaction, Quality Not Necessarily Related

Patients who express satisfaction with the quality of the hospital care they received are not necessarily receiving high-quality care. Or so says a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that many patients who expressed satisfaction with the hospital care they received did not necessarily understand the care they had undergone and the care they would require in the future, casting doubt on the assumption that satisfaction equates with quality. Patient satisfaction is a major component of Medicare’s value-based purchasing program, and hospitals can be rewarded or penalized based on their patients’ satisfaction as measured in [&hellip

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