Efforts to reduce frequent ED use among Medicaid enrollees require more than just ensuring access to a primary care provider; complex social needs must be addressed as many suffer homelessness and alcohol abuse. This study shows that patient characteristics differed by number of ED visits and efforts to reduce frequent ED users should be tailored accordingly. This was a single-center, retrospective study and some data may have been underestimated.
About the Study:
Using a retrospective chart review from January 2011 through December 2011, this study examined a population of Medicaid enrollees with frequent ED visits to an urban hospital within one year.