Admit RMFor one physician group, the question of whether to admit or observe certain patients turned into a fierce legal battle on a national scale. After the testimony of a few key whistleblowers, huge settlements were paid and more litigation is pending.

Crash Cart Logo NewThis week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors and practicing physician guests. This week: Is this new medication the answer to anticoagulation? Plus, pacemakers have a new enemy - smartphones.

Mark Plaster 90x90One of the most memorable scenes in the movie Jerry Maguire is when Tom Cruise comes to Cuba Gooding Jr. in the locker room and gives his desperate “Help me help you” speech. When Gooding finally erupts in laughter and Cruise starts to walk away, the camera pans back to Gooding, who says, “Oh come on Jerry, you think we’re fighting and I think we’re finally talking!.” I’ve tried to reference this scene with my wife when we have been locked in an argument before, but it doesn’t seem to land.

Tests RMIn March, AEM published a study that made waves for claiming that 97% of physician respondents acknowledged ordering unnecessary tests. While to some this was much-needed confirmation of the pressures placed on EPs, others felt it to be an irresponsibly vague use of terms.

Stack RMHighlights from the AMA House of Delegates annual meeting

Crash Cart Logo NewThis week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors and practicing physician guests. This week: Telemedicine may change how doctor's respond to medical emergencies on planes. Plus, antiobiotics over appendectomy for appendicitis?

match RMMore than half of the professionals I treat in my psychiatric practice suffer from some level of job burnout. Interestingly, most professionals don’t recognize burnout but instead complain of anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.

Crash Cart Logo NewThis week's crop of critical reads from around the web, along with commentary by EPM senior editors and practicing physician guests. This week: Can an app connect CPR responders to nearby heart attack victims? Plus, an unlikely partnership forms to address the needs of ED super-users.

Triage RMWe need to create EDs where the first priority is making the patient comfortable, not filling out onerous triage questionnaires.

Charles ReeceQueuing theory models offer a telling look at what makes the emergency department grind to a halt.

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