Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are indispensable to the acute health care system. Yet many ED visits are not emergencies or could be prevented with effective and timely outpatient care. This brief provides lessons and stories of success from AF4Q on how some communities are addressing this issue.
Milwaukee Health Care Partnership's Emergency Department Care Coordination Initiative leverages existing, community-wide health IT infastructure to connect Medicaid and uninsured patients who visit the ED with a primary medical home.
Using Primary Care Office Management to Reduce ED Use
In a pilot effort, The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) worked to reduce patients' use of the ED for primary care-treatable conditions with practice management techniques designed that help direct patients to appropriate care settings.
Resources on Reducing Avoidable ED Use
This resource guide provides links and additional information for providers and organziations interested in learning more about reducing avoidable ED use.Check out the resources
These three case studies from Albuquerque, Detroit, and Wisconsin highlight how three Aligning Forces communities tackled inappropriate ED use.Read the case studies
We sat down with Jenifer Hughes, executive vice president of Administrative Network, Inc., to find out how Detroit is implementing simple, low-tech interventions across a group of practices to help patients understand their options when they encounter a medical issue after-hours.Read the interview
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Webinar: Lessons From Aligning Forces
RWJF hosted a webinar on how community-based organizations, primary care practices, and hospitals are working to reduce inappropriate emergency department utilization. Presenters shared strategies tested through the Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) program. Over the past several years, AF4Q communities have developed innovative strategies for reducing the inappropriate use of emergency departments by consumers. These efforts include reducing ED utilization for conditions that are treatable in the primary care setting; efforts by hospital EDs to redirect patients to more efficient care settings; and efforts by providers to share information on patient ED use with each other to better orchestrate patient care.Learn more about AF4Q
View the webinar slides and resources here.View slide deck
This library includes interventions and "how-to" guides for addressing ED operations, and other major issues in health care quality and equality.Explore the library
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