Millions of Americans visit the emergency department on an annual basis and many are discharged to home with outpatient follow-up advised. This begs the question- how many could have waited for outpatient care?
Opportunities exist to decrease healthcare cost by combining telehealth capabilities with direct access to high-quality physician assistants (PA). Community paramedicine provides a unique venue for PAs to help prevent the unnecessary transfer of non-emergent patients to the ED. By examining the value of a PA in health care fields, one can infer the financial value of a PA the developing field of telehealth. Integrating PA-enabled telehealth with community paramedics is an efficient, safe and cost effective way to meet patient and health organization needs, while reducing non-emergent ED visits.
Lange A. Untapped Resources: Integrating PA Enabled-Telehealth and Community Paramedicine to Decrease Healthcare Costs for Non-Emergent ER Transfer. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2019; 1(4).
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