The following studies, which appeared in the December 2013 issue of Health Affairs, discuss the importance of coordinated emergency care, both on the system and patient level.
- Creating Integrated Networks of Emergency Care: From Vision to Value (subscription only)
The value of emergency care delivery may be increased by developing regionalized integrated delivery networks. This article recognizes challenges and makes recommendations in five areas: people, quality and processes, technology, finances, and jurisdictional policy.
- Sustaining a Coordinated, Regional Approach to Trauma and Emergency Care is Critical to Patient Health Care Needs (subscription only)
Consistent with the aims of the Affordable Care Act, trauma systems offer an organized method for patient care within defined geographic areas. However, sustaining these systems in a way that is accountable and affordable is challenging.
- A Promising Approach for Emergency Departments to Care for Patients with Substance Use and Behavioral Disorders (subscription only)
Individuals with substance use and behavioral disorders frequently visit the ED due to the U.S. primary care system’s limited capacity to treat them. This article describes the clinical and financial benefits of screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment – also known as SBIRT – when applied to these patients who present in the ED.