Enhancing Primary Care Access After Emergency Department Visits
Enhancing Primary Care Access After Emergency Department Visits Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Visits to the emergency department (ED) for nonemergent conditions result in unnecessary health costs and overcrowding, and often indicate poor primary care access for those who can least afford to pay for health care.
This issue’s featured Innovations describe a public-private consortium and a partnership between an academic medical center and community-based clinics that reduced nonemergent ED visits and increased access to primary care for Medicaid, uninsured, and underinsured patients, resulting in health care savings.
The featured QualityTools include a series of outreach materials used in a Washington State campaign and a guide for providers aimed at reducing avoidable ED visits.
- Emergency Department–Based Case Managers Throughout County Electronically Schedule Clinic Appointments for Underserved Patients, Allowing Many to Establish a Medical Home
- Formalized, Technology-Enabled Referral Relationships Between Medical Center and Community Clinics Enhance Access and Reduce Inappropriate Emergency Department Visits
Also in This Issue:
- Real-Time Decision and Documentation Support Increases Adherence to Recommended Care for Respiratory Infections, Diabetes, and Heart Disease
- School District Uses Policies and Related Programs to Improve Health, Behavior, and Academic Performance of Students with Asthma and Reduce Absenteeism
- Removing Restrictions and Barriers to Supportive Housing for Late-Stage Alcoholics Reduces Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol-Related Symptoms, and Costs
- Medical Center Improves Collection and Analysis of Demographic Information, Leading to Better Interpretation Services and Higher Quality Cardiac Care