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Research Letter
December 2018

Trends in Emergency Department Visits and Admission Rates Among US Acute Care Hospitals

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York
  • 4Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(12):1708-1710. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.4725

Hospital-based care accounts for approximately one-third of US health expenditures, and increasingly, most hospitalizations originate from emergency departments (ED).1-3 Value-based payment programs have focused on decreasing avoidable ED visits and hospitalizations. We describe trends in ED visits and admission rates among US acute care hospitals from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2014.

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