Ambulatory care: emergency visits in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Some emergency room visits, especially those not resulting in hospitalization, may have been unnecessary and could have been more appropriately handled by a primary care provider/medical home/clinical setting.
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: These indicators reflect the number of visits for a physical health service that were provided in an emergency room that did not result in an inpatient stay regardless of the intensity and duration of the visit. Breakdowns are provided by various age groups (<1 year, 1-9 years, 10-19 years and total for all ages).

The rate represents the number of emergency visits divided by 1,000 member months.

The year represents when PPC published the report.

Data Source: PPC's report, along with source documentation, can be found at http://www.papartnerships.org/work/health/childrens-health-reports.

Footnotes: A weighted average is calculated for this indicator to provide a reflection of the actual rate within each age group.

Updated November 2019.