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Louisville EMS Program Saves Money, Provides Better Care

by Devin Katayama on October 31, 2011

Nationwide, ten percent of emergency room visits are non-urgent. People call 911 or go to the hospital for ailments that could be cured at a doctor’s office or clinic. A majority of these patients are on Medicaid or are uninsured, and their ER visits drive up healthcare costs.

That makes them the target audience for a computer program used by Louisville Metro EMS, which could save both the health care system and patients money, while providing more appropriate care.

911 calls in Louisville are route to Metro Safe. Inside it’s quiet and calm by design because on the other line it’s likely not.

Calls may require any combination of police, fire and EMS; others require none of the above and that population is the focus of the Priority Solutions Integrated Access Management program, or PSIAM, and Louisville Metro is the only EMS agency in the country that uses it. [click to continue…]

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EPA to Update Air Quality Standards

by kespeland July 16, 2009

The EPA has announced it will revise standards for nitrogen oxides, or NO2, by early 2010. NO2 is a harmful-to-your-health gaseous emission from burning fossil fuels, and the major sources are vehicles and coal-fired power plants.

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Uninsured Straining Hospital ERs

by kespeland December 15, 2008

Emergency rooms across the country are being overwhelmed by uninsured patients who can’t afford private doctors or insurance for basic health care. Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital CEO Tom Gessel says they’ve seen a steady increase in the number of uninsured patients turning to the emergency room for basic health care.

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