By: Yoona Ha, EMS1 BrandFocus Staff / EMS!
Whether you’re looking to start or maintain a community paramedicine program, don’t overlook these areas that can help make a difference
It’s hardly news that emergency room visits are often seen as one of the culprits of the problem of rising healthcare costs in the U.S. In fact, critics have pointed fingers at the emergency departments for several decades now.
In an effort to find ways to bring the costs of healthcare down, several states have advocated for reducing the number of emergency room visits for non-urgent care. Some have gone even further in their efforts to lower the costs of Medicaid expenditures by proposing toreimburse emergency room visits based on the urgency of the discharge diagnosis.
One way to tackle the problem of costly insurance payouts caused by emergency room visits that could have been better handled at a primary care doctor’s office or an urgent care clinic is through community paramedicine programs (also known as mobile integrated healthcare clinics or CP programs). These emerging models of patient care give EMS staff more opportunities to assist underserved community members through expanded roles that focus more on offering primary healthcare and preventative care services to patients.