Retrospective study suggests emergency department physicians are improving both outcomes and efficiency of care
Lindsey Diaz-MacInnis (BIDMC Communications) 617-667-7372, email@example.com
NOVEMBER 04, 2019
mortality rates within 30 days of an ED visit improved by 23 percent from 2009 to 2016 – a trend that was greatest for the sickest patients. When extrapolated to national ED visit rates among Medicare beneficiaries, this translates to nearly 200,000 fewer deaths in 2016 than would have occurred if mortality rates had remained at 2009 levels. These improvements occurred even though EDs sent more patients home and admitted fewer to the hospital, suggesting that emergency physicians are improving both outcomes and efficiency of care. Additionally, non-profit, major teaching hospitals and urban hospitals saw the more significant improvement in mortality over time. Taken together, these findings suggest that overall outcomes of patients visiting the ED have improved.
This work was funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation “Value of Emergency Care” grant.
Burke reported receiving grants from the Association of American Medical Colleges outside the submitted work. The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest associated with their manuscript.
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