Doctors say transportation can be a major barrier between patients and their health care. It’s especially difficult for those who live in rural areas, don’t own a car or can’t afford gas.
Hospitals are increasingly trying out rides-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber to get patients to appointments. A new UC Davis pilot program funded by the Children’s Miracle Network will cover the cost of a Lyft for expectant parents. (Capital Public Radio)
Sutter Health’s critical care patients can now expect quicker and more efficient transfers from one facility to another thanks to its new fleet of medical helicopters and ground ambulances. (East Bay Times)
The nonprofit announced on Thursday it would be partnering with California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) and American Medical Response (AMR) to operate its own fleet of helicopters and ambulances, respectively.
Hospitals face penalties for readmitting recently discharged Medicare patients, but in 27 percent of cases readmissions could be prevented, according to a UCSF-led study of 12 academic medical centers nationwide.
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