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EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS: Medical homes help slow growth in ED visits

Medical homes were effective in slowing the growth of emergency department visits and ED payments in Medicare patients part of this large-scale study based on data from fiscal year 2008 to 2010.  Fee-for-service Medicare patients in 308 patient-centered medical homes recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance were compared with a control group of other Medicare patients.  The study also looked at inpatient hospitalization, but found no significant different between the medical home patients and the other Medicare patients in this regard.

Source: Pines, J.M., Keyes, V., and others. (2015, June). Emergency department and inpatient hospital use by Medicare beneficiaries in patient-centered medical homes. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 65(6), 652-660. Retrieved from http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(15)00003-7/pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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