December 16, 2019

Around the nation: Virginia report finds Medicaid beneficiaries use ED for dental care

Daily Briefing

    More than half of Virginia beneficiaries who visited the ED last year were treated for "non-traumatic dental conditions," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    • Michigan: Kimberly Henry was originally hired to work at Sparrow Hospital as a housekeeper in 1999—and two decades after she was first hired, she's now a nurse leader. Henry worked as a housekeeper for more than a year before applying to be a patient care technician so she could gain experience working with patients. One decade later, Henry decided to go back to school to become an RN, and today, Henry is a clinical nurse leader and assistant department manager at the Intermediate Care Unit (Obeng, Lansing State Journal, 12/11).

    • Pennsylvania: St. Luke's University Health Network on Saturday opened a new $100 million hospital campus to patients. The campus, located in Quakertown, includes an 80-bed hospital and an ED. The Quakertown campus will offer lab services, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient nutrition, radiology, and dialysis services (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/12).

    • Virginia: A report released by the Department of Medical Assistance Services found that Medicaid beneficiaries often go to EDs to treat dental issues that could have been prevented by receiving regular dental care at a dentist's office. The report overall found that more than half of the 16,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who visited the ED in 2018 were treated for "non-traumatic dental conditions," such as toothaches (AP/Modern Healthcare, 12/11).
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