Hospital ED Wait Times Reveal Huge Variations

Responding to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pilot program, 74 hospitals from around the country posted median wait times for their EDs. Part of a transparency push, the data shows enormous variation—yet this could be the tip of the iceberg.

3 comments on "Hospital ED Wait Times Reveal Huge Variations"
Bevmcpeak (5/16/2012 at 10:24 PM)

The 2012 criteria from McKesson requires a 3hour stay for chf , reeval, then decide for admit/observation .go figure
RAJAT BHATT (5/11/2012 at 3:53 PM)

The flip side is unnecessary and inappropriate admissions - in a bid to decrease ED WAIT TIMES the physicians start admitting everyone without waiting for an appropriate workup to see if the patient needs to be admitted
Jay Shiver (5/7/2012 at 11:03 AM)

Ms. Clark, Thank you. This has been my clarion call for 30 years. Perhaps now the idea will gain some traction. It's good to hear that there is recognition that much (most) of the turnaround / process issue rests outside the ED proper and is in the hands of the rest of the hospital. Thank you. Regards, jay


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