Premier Inc. Identifies $8.3B Savings Opportunity in the ED with More Preventative and Coordinated Ambulatory Care

Analysis reveals wide variation in the number of patients with chronic conditions presenting to the emergency department, with 4.3 million potentially preventable visits; behavioral health issues, diabetes and hypertension associated with greatest opportunities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Emergency department (ED) visits for people with at least one of six prevalent chronic conditions varied greatly and contributed to approximately 50 percent of all annual visits at nearly 750 hospitals in 2017, according to a Premier analysis released today. More than 4.3 million of these visits were potentially preventable and equate to an estimated $8.3 billion in ED costs, suggesting these patients may need more effective primary care services.

 

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