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October 23, 1991

Hospital Admission Through the Emergency DepartmentThe Obstructed Pathway

Author Affiliations

From the Scientific Publications Group, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

From the Scientific Publications Group, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill.

JAMA. 1991;266(16):2274. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470160106043
Abstract

In this issue of The Journal, Stern et al1 compare hospital charges and lengths of stay for patients admitted through the emergency department with charges and lengths of stay for patients admitted through other routes to any of five Massachusetts hospitals. Even with adjustments for diagnosis related group, severity of illness, age, and income, patients admitted through the emergency department incurred hospital charges 13% higher and hospital stays 27% longer than other patients.

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