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June 15, 2011 | | Comments 0
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Free-standing emergency departments on the rise

Free-standing emergency departments are on the rise, according to Physician News Digest. The majority of patients currently visit emergency departments for non-urgent and semi-urgent care, and visiting a free-standing emergency department, which is not attached or associated with a hospital, can save them money and reduce wait times in hospital-associated emergency departments. They aren’t the best choice, however, for true emergencies, such as heart attacks, and it’s difficult for patients to know which facilities offer which services, say critics.

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Error: Unable to create directory uploads. Is its parent directory writable by the server? About the Author: Elizabeth (Liz) Jones is an associate editor at HCPro. She writes and contributes to several monthly newsletters including Medical Staff Briefing, Hospitalist Leadership Advisor, and Credentialing and Peer Review Legal Insider. Liz graduated from Salem (MA) State College in 2003 with a B.A. in professional writing. Before joining HCPro, Liz wrote for a national monthly business publication where she gained experience in executive-level business and healthcare issues.

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