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Emergency Department Visits After Inpatient Discharge in Massachusetts

Providers, payers, and policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to whether the patient returns to the acute care setting at any level (emergency department (ED), observation, or inpatient) within 30 days of inpatient discharge. As efforts to improve care transitions evolve into increasingly cross-setting and community-based strategies, measuring ED visits after inpatient discharge may reveal opportunities to improve care transitions and reduce avoidable acute-level hospital use.

In the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) newest report, Emergency Department Visits After Inpatient Discharge: SFY2017, CHIA analyzes emergency department (ED) revisits within 30 days of a patient’s inpatient discharge.

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