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Potentially Avoidable Emergency Department Visits in 2017 in Virginia

Efforts to reduce the number of healthcare services that provide little to no value to patients continue to be an industry focal point across the Commonwealth of Virginia. While potentially unnecessary care can take many forms, visits to the emergency department for conditions that likely could have been cared for in a lower cost healthcare setting have previously been identified as a major focus area for Virginia through inclusion in the Virginia Health Value Dashboard.

The Virginia Health Value Dashboard was conceived as a strategy to prompt action for improving health value across the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Dashboard includes three broad aims encompassing a total of nine value indicators.

VHI’s Potentially Avoidable Emergency Department (ED) Visits Dashboard seeks to highlight how these visits are distributed across the Commonwealth. This interactive dashboard allows users to identify regional and county specific rates of potentially avoidable ED visits, the major types of conditions that drive the frequency of these visits, and how they compare across patient insurance type and over time. Dashboard is based off of data from the Virginia All-Payers Claims Database

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