Since expanded healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in January 2014, emergency departments (EDs) have seen a steady increase in the number of patients utilizing their services. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, 46 percent of providers admit to seeing an upsurge in patient visits and another 86 percent anticipate continued patient growth over the next three years. This increase in demand has put a strain on already strapped ED resources—namely...
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