CMS Releases Bulletin on Use of Emergency Departments

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an informational bulletin highlighting the need for and strategies to reduce non-urgent use of Emergency Department (ED) visits and to provide appropriate care in appropriate settings for Medicaid beneficiaries. The bulletin, entitled Reducing Non-urgent Use of Emergency Department and Improving Appropriate Care in Appropriate Settings, highlights three strategies states can use to reduce the number of non-urgent ED visits, which are:

  • Broaden access to primary care services;
  • Focus on frequent ED users;
  • Target needs of people with behavioral health problems.

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