Physicians Want Improved Procedures for Referring to Home-Based Care

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According to a recent survey, most emergency physicians (EPs) have experience ordering home-based care, but they don’t order it as often as they would if improved procedures were in place to facilitate the process.

The findings suggest there may be untapped potential for reducing hospital admissions, a large proportion of which occur in emergency departments (EDs). Recent estimates figure that older adults presenting to the ED are admitted at almost 4 times the rate of the general population, with nearly 70% of hospital admissions for patients aged 65 years and older originating in the ED.

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