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ED volume remains persistently down, but at higher acuity

by Gist Healthcare, May 28, 2021

As we shared recently, post-pandemic healthcare volume is not returning evenly. While outpatient volume is rebounding quickly, other settings remain sluggish, especially the emergency department. We…

ED volume remains persistently down, but at higher acuity

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