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Massachusetts Businesses Seek To Reduce Hospital Emergency Room Use

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA

      A new business coalition in Massachusetts is trying to lower health care costs by targeting overuse of hospital emergency rooms.

    Led by the 4000-member Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the coalition will provide resources to employers to share with their workers about the importance of seeking medical care in the right places.

    A study from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission found that 42 percent of all emergency department visits in 2015 were avoidable as people sought treatment in emergency rooms for common complaints such as stomach pain, skin rashes, and tooth aches.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with AIM Vice President Christopher Geehern.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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