Health providers to cut back on care, cut back costs as they fight Ebola outbreak
Health care providers are to cut prices and reduce services in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The move is designed to help reduce the number of patients at the emergency room and to allow them to access more specialist care.
“The emergency room is the last place that we want to be at this point in time,” Dr. Brian Hirsch, president of the American Medical Association, said on Wednesday at the association’s annual meeting.
It will allow more specialists to work on more patients.
He said the move will help hospitals and physicians in their efforts to keep up with rising costs and patient demand.
Hirsch, a physician in New York City, said he hoped the move would encourage more doctors to return to the field.
For years, some doctors and hospitals have argued that patients should not go to the ER, because of a lack of beds.
Many hospitals have been working on an electronic health record system to allow doctors to record visits and provide the records to other hospitals and health care workers.
Dr. David M. Shumaker, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, said the electronic health records will help patients get more care and will save the health care system money.
Shumaker is also a co-chair of a bipartisan committee that is drafting a new law to help states deal with the Ebola crisis.
States have to submit the data by Dec. 1.
If it is approved, it would be used to help set standards for patient care, help states determine how to distribute the money and help reduce hospital and physician staffs’ workloads.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.