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Could ER appointments help streamline care?

Michael Granillo and his wife Sonya.
Michael Granillo and his wife Sonya.
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It sounds a little counterintuitive, but what if you could make an appointment to visit an emergency room? Some hospitals are trying it.

The Affordable Care Act has increased competition for patients. So some ER's have set up systems that allow patients to wait at home until it's their turn to see a doctor. Anna Gorman, with Kaiser Health News visited a Los Angeles area hospital to see how it's working.