Can paramedics improve the efficiency of emergency resources and enhance access to primary care for the medically underserved through a new model of care, called "community paramedicine"?
California's acute care hospitals experienced capacity changes between 2001 and 2010. Most have adjusted to economic stresses, and many have improved their financial status.
Can computer kiosks speed up emergency room care? An experiment in several California hospitals shows it is not as simple as just plugging them in.
The state's system for securing on-call emergency department specialist coverage remains costly, complex, and on the edge due to payment concerns, liability questions, and a shortage of specialists.
This issue brief tallies freestanding emergency departments, inventories their practices, summarizes their regulation by federal and state governments, and discusses California's FED environment.
Although there are now fewer emergency departments (EDs) in California hospitals, some hospitals have expanded their EDs. This issue brief analyzes trends in the use and capacity of the state's hospital-based EDs.
This issue brief provides an overview of the extent and impact of ambulance diversion in California, and offers strategies for communities that want to reduce or eliminate it.