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Enhancing Appropriate Admissions: An Advanced Alternative Payment Model for Emergency Physicians

      The US acute care system treats 1 in 5 Americans each year and serves as the source of the majority of hospital admissions.
      American College of Emergency Physicians
      Despite this key role, emergency department (ED) visits have come to be viewed by the press, some private insurers, and some value-based models as adverse events to be avoided rather than an opportunity for optimization.
      • Raven M.C.
      Policies that limit emergency department visits and reimbursements undermine the emergency care system: instead, let's optimize it.
      A novel payment model for acute unscheduled care in the ED has been proposed; this has the potential to shift the paradigm from one that views an ED visit as a failure of the health care system to one that empowers emergency physicians to actively participate in the continuum of care while rewarding safe, cost-effective, and high-quality unscheduled care for key populations.
      American College of Emergency Physicians
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