The top 10 cities for emergency medicine identified by the study are:
4. Dayton, OH
6. West Palm Beach, FL
The study also found that:
- On average, for the 12 conditions studied, the percentage of cases admitted through the ED increased 2.64% from 2007 to 2009.
- Providence, RI; Las Vegas; Miami-Ft. Lauderdale; and New York City had the highest percentage of admission through the ED (93.05%, 91.65%, 91.12% and 90.78%, respectively).
- Lincoln, NE; Sioux Falls, SD; Wichita, KS; and Omaha, NE had the lowest percentage of admissions through the ED (48.06%, 53.72%, 54.84% and 62.32%, respectively).
Hospitals included in the study had to have a minimum threshold in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. A copy of the study is available here.
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.