HealthLeaders Media Publishes Strategies to Coordinate, Maximize Emergency Departments

Press Releases, May 9, 2011

The emergency department is at the forefront of hospitals’ access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. Hospitals and physicians are also envisioning how the ED fits into a coordinated care system, with appropriate care given at multiple access points. In the latest HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing their emergency departments.

Produced in collaboration with PwC, this comprehensive industry intelligence report is available for complimentary download at /.

"What your ED has to be is one of your centers of excellence," says Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, deputy senior vice president of medical affairs, chief of emergency medicine for Grady Health System in Atlanta. "No matter what your health system’s focus is, whether you are a cardiac-focused hospital or a geriatric-focused hospital, your ED has to be one of your centers of excellence. It can’t be an afterthought. It has to be included in how you are thinking about your marketing plan, how you are thinking about your finances and billing, and what your contribution margins are. Your ED care has to be top-notch."

The full report—which includes four case studies, highlights of a roundtable discussion, interactive charts, and embedded audios and videos—is a dynamic, multimedia-rich PDF that offers:

  • Critical solutions from the executive teams at healthcare organizations on the leading edge of integrating emergency departments into a coordinated care system
  • A look behind the trends with interactive charts and graphs
  • Insights from more than 20 healthcare executives
  • Live links to hear and view executives' advice in on-demand audio and video clips

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