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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Watkins

Abstract

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.

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