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Sadly, ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ with Adirondack Health

May 7, 2013
By Dr. Claude Roland

At the May 1 meeting in Lake Placid, the board chairman, CEO and chief medical officer of Adirondack Health presented the case for converting the Lake Placid Emergency Department to an urgent care center. As revenues to Adirondack Health diminish from improved outpatient services and decreasing reimbursement by government-sponsored insurance, the cost of the LPED, which has a very low nighttime census, may no longer be justified. This conversion could save $950,000 annually. Members of the medical staff have supported this move based upon a belief by some that the finances make sense, critically ill patients should not be delaying definitive treatment by going to the LPED, and EMS services are of good quality, providing safe transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.



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