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Union says lives risked as trial sees ambulances diverted from Blayney hospital

Paramedics are concerned that a month-long trial closure of the emergency department to ambulances at Blayney District Hospital could put lives at risk. The closure, initiated before Christmas, means ambulances are being diverted to either Orange or Bathurst hospitals, approximately 35 kilometres and 37 kilometres away respectively. Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes claimed the additional… Read More »

Part II | MedPAC’s Proposed “Reforms” Should Be Tested Before They’re Implemented: CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Is Exhibit A

By KIP SULLIVAN JD  The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), one of numerous pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes authorized by the Affordable Care Act, was sprung on the Medicare fee-for-service population on October 1, 2012 without being pre-tested and with no other evidence indicating what it is hospitals are supposed to do to reduce readmissions. Research on the… Read More »