Top 3 Programs to Reduce Avoidable ER Visits

Patient education, promotion of urgent care or walk-in centers and medical home
assignments are the top three programs companies use to prevent inappropriate
use of the ER, according to a survey conducted by the Healthcare Intelligence
Network.

Figure 1: Programs To Reduce Inappropriate ED Use

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According to respondents, the top 5 tactics to reduce avoidable ER visits
are the following:

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2010 Performance Benchmarks in Reducing Avoidable ER Visits

With consensus widespread that much of emergency room use is avoidable and
preventable, many healthcare organizations are working to staunch the flow
of avoidable ER use and point low-acuity patients in the direction of
appropriate care.

How prevalent are programs to reduce avoidable ER use, and what kind of results
do they net? Which populations and conditions are responsible for most
preventable ER visits, and what are the most effective ways to redirect these
patients to more cost-effective and appropriate healthcare settings? How do
organizations promote these programs and educate patients about proper use of
healthcare services?

2010 Performance Benchmarks in Reducing
Avoidable ER Visits
addresses these concerns
and others by providing actionable information
from 90 healthcare organizations on their
efforts to reduce inappropriate use of the
ED. This 50-page resource documents trends
and metrics from emergency departments
across the country that are successfully
managing ER utilization.

2010 Performance Benchmarks in Reducing
Avoidable ER Visits
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