ERDMAN Facilities E-News – The Future of Emergency Care

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The Future of Emergency Care
Hospitals and Health Networks, November 7, 2016

 

Healthcare futurist Ian Morrison posits that an indirect effect of the Affordable Care Act is that ED visits per 1,000 people annually have increased from 350 to 434 in the past 20 years. While primary care coverage is viewed as improving for the general population and those cared for under Medicaid, one effect of increased Medicare coverage is that some patients are visiting the ED more often for care with no out of pocket costs. While Morrison does not argue for or against the expansion itself, he discusses the growth in visits seems to be bimodal – some patients seeking care for non-serious conditions that could be cared for elsewhere and others coming who are very sick and now have access to hospital care.

Air-Quality Imperatives Guide Engineering Research
Health Facilities Management, December 7, 2016

 

As healthcare facilities push for safer, more comforting and energy-efficient environments, air-quality research will continue to have a role in developing standards and guidelines.  Mike Meteyer, PE, Mechanical Engineering Manager at ERDMAN, provided his thoughts on the dynamic between caregivers and designers and how research can lead to better patient outcomes.

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