Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What a good idea--urgent care "ambulance"

I heard about a woman who thought she was having a heart attack, but the EMTs said no and charged her a ton for the ambulance call since she did not need to go to the hospital.

According to Government Executive Magazine, Sept 12, 2014, in a story by Eric Whitney, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the Denver suburbs has a specially equipped vehicle--basically a station wagon--that can treat minor injuries on the spot.

A mobile care unit.

They carry a nurse practitioner so can prescribe. They can suture minor cuts. They also have a lab better equipped than some urgent cares--blood counts, strep throat checks, flu.

They call up records on patients electronically.

So far the insurance companies won't pay. So for now, they work for free.

They expect with an emphasis on cutting costs, this will change in the future.

Denver, huh?

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