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Emergency Room (ER) Visits

The Emergency Room (ER) experience can be overwhelming and confusing. This guide includes ways to help you prepare for, or avoid, ER visits. It also includes facts about what to do and expect when in the ER. You can read this guide from start to finish or just those sections you need now.

Emergency Room Visits: A Family Caregiver’s Guide


From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

 "Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?" in English and Spanish

Many people are held in hospital emergency room (ER), on special observation units, or even in a regular hospital room without being admitted to the hospital. This can even be for several days. Whether or not a person has been admitted to a hospital affects payment as well as services after leaving the hospital, such as home care and rehabilitation.

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