KENNEWICK, Wash. - Statewide health care changes are improving patient care and saving the state lots of money. The "ER is for Emergencies" initiative was put in place six months ago and it's already producing some impressive results.
Health care leaders in the state said Thursday it is a "ground breaking initiative" and that the partnership between hospitals, physicians and the state is a "model for the nation."
Every hospital in the state took on seven 'best practices.' The goal is to redirect emergency care to more appropriate settings, whether that be a primary care physician or an urgent care facility.
A database used by all emergency rooms is one of the main reasons the program is showing such great results.
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