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Avoidable Emergency Department Usage

HealthLeaders magazine, October 13, 2013

The inappropriate use of emergency department services is growing, resulting in care that is more costly and lacks continuity. The ability to measure the inappropriate use of these services is key to addressing this issue, but there has been little agreement on how to identify and categorize inappropriate ED visits. When the issue has been studied, the focus has been primarily on the Medicare, Medicaid, and uninsured populations. But people covered by private insurance are just as likely to overuse the ED.

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