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.

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