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Resources by Topic: Emergency department and urgent care services

Overview of Pediatric Emergency Department Visits, 2015
Reports on pediatric emergency department (ED) visits in 2015. Compares pediatric and adult ED visits by three types: all ED visits, treat-and-release ED visits, and ED visits resulting hospital admission. Table 2 provides statistics on the type of ED visit and pediatric patient characteristics including patient residence, such as metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Author(s): Kimberly W. McDermott, Carol Stocks, William J. Freeman
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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The History and Future of Rural Health Research: Celebrating 30 Years
Recording and slides from a June 4, 2018 webinar with Tom Morris of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Eric Larsen of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and Marcia M. Ward of the Center for Health Policy and Research. They explore how rural health research has changed over time and discuss recent work on telemedicine and emergency and trauma care.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Recording
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2018
Evaluates Medicare payment issues and offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Includes a chapter on ensuring appropriate access to and use of hospital emergency department (ED) services that provides extensive information on rural access to ED services and identifies examples of rural off-campus emergency departments. Other sections of the report addressing rural concerns focus on post-acute care, quality and value payment programs, and medical device payment policies. Also includes a report on the effects of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Evaluating National Program to Improve Access to Acute Stroke Services for Rural Veterans
Features a study on the Veterans Health Administration's efforts to improve access to acute stroke services for rural and underserved veteran populations. Discusses the National TeleStroke Program (NTSP) and it's impact on rural veterans.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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OSF HealthCare – Peoria, IL: Connecting Health Systems and Community-Based Organizations to Improve Outcomes
Features a faith-based, 13-hospital health care system serving Illinois and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Describes OSF Center for Health - Streator, which will feature the first rural freestanding emergency department in Illinois. Discusses how OSF HealthCare is using a case management platform and working with community-based organizations to meet a wide range of patient needs.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities: The Rural Emergency Medical Center Act of 2018
Provides an overview of the Rural Emergency Medical Center Act of 2018, which if approved, would create a new Medicare designation to allow certain hospitals to transition to a 24/7 emergency medical center with enhanced reimbursement and require them to have protocols for transport of patients to higher-level inpatient facilities if needed.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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2017 Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot Results Report
Describes an opioid safety pilot study that implemented the ALTO, or alternative to opioid, approach for pain treatment in 7 urban and 3 rural hospital emergency departments in Colorado. Discusses ALTO's multifaceted treatment approach for pain management, data collection and analysis, and lessons learned.
Additional links: Pre-Launch Checklist: Using Alternatives to Opioids (ALTOs) in Hospital Emergency Departments
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Hospital Association
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National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2015 Emergency Department Summary Tables
Provides data on ambulatory care emergency department (ED) hospital visits. Table 1 provides metropolitan/nonmetropolitan ED visit data based on hospital location, Table 2 includes metro/nonmetro ED visit data by location of patient residence, and Table 15 has metro/nonmetro injury visit data based on hospital location.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
Describes trends in opioid overdose emergency department (ED) visits and discusses what the federal government, health departments, EDs, and healthcare providers can do. Includes links to related CDC resources.
Additional links: Fact Sheet, Transcript for VitalSigns Teleconference
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Vital Signs: Trends in Emergency Department Visits for Suspected Opioid Overdoses — United States, July 2016-September 2017
Reports on changes in opioid overdoses seen in emergency departments (EDs) by region, state, and urbanization level. Addresses the need for real-time data to coordinate responses to outbreaks and the role ED data can play. Discusses how ED physicians and staff can help address future overdoses among ED patients. Figure 2 shows quarterly suspected opioid overdose data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore counties.
Author(s): Alana M. Vivolo-Kantor, Puja Seth, R. Matthew Gladden, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(9), 279-285
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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