Quote from tewdles
Perhaps they should cut reimbursement to PCPs whose answering machine sends all patients to the ED after 4pm M-F
Better yet, cut reimbursement to PCPs who send all patients with the slightest hint of illness to the ER, even during office hours. When I was an ER volunteer, on weekday afternoons, a lot of people came in for X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, suture removal, and other minor problems because "My doctor told me to come to the ER."
The last 3 times my husband went to Urgent Care, they sent him to the ER. He was treated and released 2 times, and admitted the 3rd time. Would any of those visits be considered unnecessary? After all, Urgent Care told us to go to the ER.
And why only Medicaid? A growing number of PCPs are refusing to take Medicare patients; why not refuse to pay for unnecessary Medicare ER visits?