State moves to limit ER visits

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

The Washington State Health Care Authority is working with the Washington State Hospital Association and physicians on a legislative mandate to reduce non-emergency use of hospital emergency departments as well as over-utilization of emergency services beginning July 1.

The new plan — included in the Supplemental Budget passed on April 11 by the Legislature — replaces earlier state proposals that would have limited the annual number of non-emergency visits by a client to the emergency department and to stop reimbursing hospitals and physicians for treatments and services that are not medically necessary in the setting of an emergency department.

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