Trends showing fewer hospital admissions and more treat-and-release observation stays or emergency department (ED) visits have occurred among patients across all insurance categories, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study. “The Shifting Landscape in Utilization of Inpatient, Observation, and Emergency Department Services Across Payers,” published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, showed hospital admissions decreased while observation and ED visits increased from 2009 to 2013 among patients who were uninsured or covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Among Medicare patients, for example, admissions fell by 17 percent while observation stays increased by 33 percent. The study analyzed data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project for 10 common conditions in four states. Access the abstract.
J Hosp Med. 2017 Jun;12(6):443-446. doi: 10.12788/jhm.2751.
The Shifting Landscape in Utilization of Inpatient, Observation, and Emergency DepartmentServices Across Payers.
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