DATE : June 06, 2019
CHIA has released a comprehensive examination of emergency department (ED) visits after inpatient discharge in Massachusetts acute care hospitals. This report expands upon CHIA's readmissions analysis, capturing inpatient discharges that are followed by an ED visit.
Providers, payers, and policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to whether the patient returns to the acute care setting at any level (ED, observation, or inpatient). The ED is a costly setting to receive care, and patients visiting the ED in the post-hospital discharge period may represent an opportunity to improve care. As efforts to facilitate better care transitions evolve, measuring the rate of ED visits after inpatient discharge may reveal opportunities to reduce avoidable acute-level hospital use.