9 Recent Studies on Emergency Department Visits

Here are nine recent studies on emergency department visits, beginning with the most recent.

1. Patients' actual emergency department waiting times may differ significantly from their predicted waiting times, according to a study in Emergency Medicine Journal.

2. While the number of office visits decreased 4.7 percent in 2011, the number of emergency department admissions increased by 7.4 percent, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics

3. Adults who recently gained or lost insurance are associated with higher emergency department use than adults who have not had recent changes in coverage, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

4. Medicaid patients are two times more likely to visit emergency departments compared to patients with commercial insurance, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

5. Greater continuity of care with a specialist and greater comprehensive care by a family physician were associated with less use of the emergency department, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

6. Emergency department admissions for stroke among Medicare beneficiaries increased 2.2 percent while admissions for heart attack decreased 1.7 percent from 2008 to 2010, according to a study by HealthGrades.

7. A study by the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council found emergency room visits have increased by more than 2 percent from 2010 to 2011, which may reflect an increase in the number of people without insurance, according to a CBS report.

8. Emergency department utilization and inpatient costs decreased for uninsured, low-income adults enrolled in a community-based primary care program, according to a study in Health Affairs.

9. Requiring emergency departments to see or discharge 85 percent of patients within four hours of presentation decreased overcrowding in three hospital EDs in Australia, according to a study in the Medical Journal of Australia.

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