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The quality of emergency room care in the U.S. fell from a grade of C- in 2009 to an ‘alarming’ grade of D+ in a new report card by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Arizona finished in 31st place among states on the report.

Arizona got a D+ for the quality of its emergency medical care, but that was the average grade for states on a national report card released Thursday. Arizona’s grade was unchanged from the last report in 2009, while the national grade fell from C- to an “alarming” D+. Read more»

A growing number of hospitals have implemented the pay-first policy in an effort to divert patients with routine illnesses from the ER after they undergo a federally required screening. Read more»