Ambulance Patient Offload Time

About Ambulance Patient Offload Time

Ambulance patient offload times — how long it takes for a patient arriving at a hospital via ambulance to be transferred to an emergency department — are the product of many factors. These include the physical layout of the hospital, the current caseload, the severity of patients’ illness or injury, and more. While everyone agrees patients should be transferred quickly, delays start with broader problems in the health care delivery system — outside hospitals’ control — such as a lack of primary care and behavioral health providers, and overuse of the 911 emergency system.

CHA Emergency Services Forum Discussed Patient Volume, Regulations, and Innovation

What’s happening: CHA hosted the 2024 Emergency Services Forum on May 6 in Newport Beach, California. The forum covered an array of topics, including compliance with legislation, regulating ambulance patient offload time, the impact of recent changes in the behavioral health system on emergency departments (EDs), and a keynote address by RaDonda Vaught, a nurse who was convicted of negligent homicide after accidentally giving a patient the wrong medication.   

What else to know: The forum saw a record attendance of 156 attendees this year, a capacity crowd of professionals and providers from around the state. The gathering provided clarity on laws that affect EDs, previewed upcoming regulations, and provided ED personnel the opportunity to discuss prehospital challenges. Those in attendance said it was a reminder there is a resilient community to lean on.  

CHA Analysis Reveals How Insurer Practices Impede Patient Care

What’s happening: CHA developed a detailed analysis of how insurance company practices negatively affect patients, which is a key proof point supporting a comprehensive strategy to hold insurers accountable for patient care in California. 
 
What else to know: One of CHA’s priorities this year is to create greater accountability (network adequacy, prior authorization, medical necessity, payment practices, and parity) for insurers operating in California.  

2024 Emergency Services Forum

Join us for the 2024 Emergency Services Forum in beautiful Newport Beach. This conference is dedicated to the uniqueness of hospital ED management and its intersection with emergency services and the community.