Observation medicine was founded by emergency physicians in an attempt to manage "boarding" issues faced by emergency departments throughout the U.S. As a result, observation medicine has proven effective in reducing costs, decreasing lengths of stay and improving outcomes for patients suffering from several of the most common diagnoses presenting to the emergency department. Observation medicine is successfully helping hospitals reduce the number of avoidable admissions while ensuring that physicians avoid inappropriate discharges.
This section is dedicated to observation medicine and will be updated as the latest advances in this area of healthcare become available.
On Friday, October 22, 2010, Emory University held the State of the Art: Observation Medicine in the Emergency Department Conference. This event was co-sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
Formerly known as the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care will focus on facility accreditation and certification for Chest Pain Centers, Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), Heart Failure (HF), and Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib). In addition, SCPC will provide certification for Chest Pain Center Coordinators, nurses, administrators and Chief Financial Officers looking to be compliant with CMS guidelines for Quality, Cost and Customer Satisfaction.