Does the Conversion of Critical Access Hospitals into Freestanding Emergency Departments Represent a Financially Viable Way to Maintain Rural Access to Emergency Care?

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Written by:    John Dayton, MD, FACEP, FAAEM                        Henry Higgins, MD   Introduction When compared to urban centers, rural communities struggle with increased health problems, lower average income, and … Continued

History of Utah’s South Jordan Health Center and Free-Standing Emergency Department in South Jordan, Utah

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3/9/2014 Written by: John R. Dayton, MD, FACEP, FAAEM and Erik D. Barton, MD, MS, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM   Keywords: Free-Standing ER, Free-Standing Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Utah, South Jordan Health Center (SJHC), University of Utah, ACA, ACO, ACEP, CMS, … Continued

What is a Free-Standing ER?

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Objective This guide is intended to describe a new healthcare delivery facility called the “Free-Standing ER”. Free-Standing ERs are so new that they have many different names including: Satellite ERs, Freestanding Emergency Centers, FECs, FSEDs, and remote ERs. The name … Continued

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Owning a Free-Standing Emergency Room

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Objective The objective of this guide is to briefly outline steps and resources required for opening a Free-Standing Emergency Room. This new facility type has many different names such as Satellite ER, Free-Standing Emergency Department, Free-Standing Center, Freestanding Emergency Facility, … Continued

Freestanding Emergency Department Destination Policy

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History: This an example policy that may be used in your EMS system   Purpose: The purpose of this protocol is to describe the authorized procedures to be followed when selecting to transport to a Freestanding Emergency Department (FSED). As … Continued