This is a pretty revolutionary idea that I hope works:

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    Instead of the ER: Paramedics making house calls to chronic patients


    Emergency rooms — which can cost patients thousands of dollars each visithave become the primary source of medical care for the uninsured and people with chronic illnesses.

    A Minnesota health care provider is testing a new program in the hopes of reducing ER admissions and keeping people healthier: they’re sending paramedics on house calls to some of the area’s sickest patients who might otherwise end up in the ER.


    The Minnesota project started last October. To figure out which patients might benefit from the program, the hospital searched for anyone who had used the ER nine or more times in a year.

    Nine was “the number we had to land on for our own survival mode,” said North Memorial's Croston.
    Think that’s a lot?
    “We’ve had some patients that were here 23 times in a month,” he said.


    Barb Andrews, who runs the program, says it’s a new way of thinking about health care.


    “It gives us, as paramedics, an opportunity to be proactive rather than reactive,” she said. “The community paramedics empower [patients] to be able to manage their own health better in the home.”
    And ultimately, she said, that can “keep them out of the hospital, keep them out of the nursing home.”


    http://www.nbcnews.com/health/instead-er-paramedics-making-house-calls-chronic-patients-2D11632711
     
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    I'd like a home visit from a paramedic, too

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    A good idea, but they will have to start paying paramedics more. You are asking them to act as a doctor, not as someone who patches someone up until they can get them to a doctor. Paramedics don't make nearly enough NOW for what they do, much less adding house calls for head colds to it.
     
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    i think your use of fonts and colors is more revolutionary than the medical plan.



    well done, sir.
     
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    :omg: Situation from Jersey Shore?
     
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    People that are always calling for an ambulance need to die. They're doing life wrong.
     
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    I agree that they should make more if it proves to save the health care industry a substantial amount of money.

    What the EMT's do and most importantly see during their house calls can really do a lot more to keep chronically ill people from seeing ER doctors so frequently.
     
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    i would expect resistance from the AMA too
     
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    Just reading my audience. :mrpeanut:
     
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    Yeah, I can see it now. $500 charge for Robitussin. I'll just let my broken leg heal itself.
     
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    i think they are basing this on an incorrect premise: it sounds like they assume that really sick people repeatedly use the ER rooms for treatment because they are too poor to have a regular doctor. i don't think that's accurate: i think people use the ER because they know the feds will cover uninsured patient visits to the ER if delivered by ambulance. the chroniclly sick and poor are covered by various federal programs and clinics. when i ran on an ambulance squad in so jersey the summer month calls were filled with pregnant women who intentionally waited until they were crowning before calling the ambulance because they were advised by their local churches (and one of the reasons i hate Abyssinian churches) that once in labor it was a valid emergency and the ambulance and hospital had to treat them for free per federal law.
     
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    Doctor's offices won't schedule appointments for uninsured people. This is the only way for millions of people to see an actual doctor.
     
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    Do those programs/clinics also include transportation?

    And I don't think the house calls are for delivering babies and broken legs. They're for the people that can't take care of themselves and repeatedly let themselves get to a point where they call 911 for some treatment or even just a little company.
     
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    EMS saved my life.
    I was pissed when I got the bill.

    I miss Wicked. :sad:
     
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    Rub some tussin on it.
     
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    His penis is that well known? :dontknow:
     
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    Any time you make patient contact and don't transport you need to call medical control and speak to the doctor who ultimately makes the decision and gives orders. And they get paid. So the AMA will love it. The docs can stay home and answer their phones and still get paid. It's a win for them.
     
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    [video=youtube;joMKGfLsByc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joMKGfLsByc[/video]
     
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    That is already going on down here in Florida. Humana is contracting with hospitals and charging a flat fee to case manage some of the hospitals most notorious ER users.

    A Humana RN completes a series of visits with the patient where he/she assesses them and coordinates all their healthcare needs so they stop using the ER as their PCP.