“The CMS has released guidance it hopes will mitigate a potential increase in unnecessary emergency department visits by Medicaid beneficiaries because of the expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act….
….To broaden access to primary care, states could create more medical and health home programs. These typically offer extended hours on weekends and evenings, same-day appointments, 24/7 nurse advice lines, and continuity of care with one provider. This method worked for North Carolina. Its Community Care medical home program is credited with reducing the state’s ED visit rate by 16% for asthma, with a total savings to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program of about $135 million…..read more here