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Why should I support the RUSH Act?

If you’ve ever had a loved one in a nursing home, you know how hard it is on them when they’re sent to the Emergency Department. The bipartisan Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018 will improve access to care for patients in nursing homes by bringing emergency and critical care to the bedside of patients as opposed to bringing them to the Emergency Department.

Nearly one-fifth of all ambulance transfers originate from nursing homes. Elderly patients who are transferred to the Emergency Department are exposed to health risks, such as falls, delirium, infections and adverse medication interactions. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), two-thirds of those trips are avoidable. The result is as much as $40 billion in unnecessary costs and millions of patients who go to the hospital – but shouldn’t have to.

The RUSH Act provides solutions to this problem, saving the healthcare system billions of dollars and improving the lives of millions of people.

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