For Emergency Payment Disputes, Mediation Is Cure

Law360, New York (September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that emergency room visits at hospitals have increased 32 percent from 1996 to 2006.[1, 2]

Although the federal government findings did not segregate the increased use by insurance status, the August 2008 Annals of Emergency Medicine reports that, while the proportion of uninsured visits was unchanged, the number of overall visits went up substantially and that visits by people in the highest income bracket increased the most.[3]

People with private health insurance are using...
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