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NYC Hospitals Revamping Emergency Care

Today's New York Times online carries an article about the redesign of today's emergency departments in New York city hospitals:

But now hospitals — public and private, large and small — are spending hundreds of millions of dollars renovating, rebuilding and expanding their emergency rooms. They are dividing them into treatment areas for the sickest patients with the most dire injuries and using quieter corners for the growing number of patients using emergency rooms for routine medical care.

And an increasing number are taking steps to bring civility and even hospitality to the emergency room, in part because, for all their turmoil, they remain vital points of entry for paying patients whose eventual admission accounts for needed revenue.

. . .

“The amount of emergency room use in New York has always been a source of criticism,” said Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, an industry group. “But you can’t say to eight million people, ‘Don’t do this anymore.’ ”

True. Now if only the RIAA could get to that point as well, we'd be getting somewhere. Read the full NYTimes article here.

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