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Studies: "Frequent Users" of the ER -- NOT Abusers of the System

MEDIA ADVISORY

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What:
Tele-News Conference: New research will be released during ACEP's scientific meeting in Denver, providing a close-up look at frequent users of the emergency room, a group often targeted for cost reductions in the health care system. Research results will be presented showing key factors associated with frequent use, as well as the complex nature of the medical problems of these patients. Emergency physicians also will discuss the challenges associated with re-directing patients to other sources of medical care.

When:
10 am (ET), on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

Who:
Dr. Robert O'Connor, study author of "Characteristics of Repeat Emergency Department Users at a University Medical Center," one of seven abstracts being released on this topic, will discuss the findings of the research. Other study authors who are attending the meeting will be available to answer questions.

Dr. Andrew Sama, president of ACEP, will discuss the challenges of meeting the needs of these patients and of redirecting them to other sources of medical care.

Where/How:
Dial-In Number: 877- 297-5654
Conference Code: 28992370
Room 604 Colorado Convention Center

After brief presentations, speakers will take questions on this operator-assisted call. Other study authors participating in the tele-news conference also will be available to answer questions. For copies of the embargoed abstracts, contact Laura Gore at lgore@acep.org.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

Media Contact: Laura Gore
http://www.acep.org/sa/media/
Onsite Media Relations Office (October 8-11): 303-228-8379

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Oct. 8, 2012/

SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)