Key Questions Answered
- When is it possible to avoid emergency department (ED) visits for patients with chronic and behavioral health conditions?
- What are some effective strategies for reducing the frequency of these preventable visits?
Key Themes and Takeaways
This resource analyzes preventable ED visits and identifies mechanisms for preventing them.
- To identify opportunities to prevent ED visits, Premier, a health care improvement company, analyzed nearly 24 million emergency department visits across 750 hospitals.
- They found that approximately 4.3 million visits associated with patients who have at least one of six common chronic conditions were potentially preventable.
- Keys to preventing these visits include care management infrastructure, patient activation, and technology and analytics.
- Such a patient-centric, physician-aligned care management model can be effective in reducing preventable emergency department visits, with a savings potential of up to $8.3 billion annually.
Adults Under 65 with Disabilities
People with Advanced Illness
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
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