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AHRQ Stats: Expected Payer for Maternal Emergency Department Visits

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A new AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) statistical brief found that in 2019, Medicaid was the primary expected payer for 54.3 percent of treat-and-release emergency department visits and 51.3 percent of emergency department costs for pregnant women.

The HCUP Statistical Brief – Expected Payers and Patient Characteristics of Maternal Emergency Department Care, 2019  – presents statistics on treat-and-release ED visits (i.e., visits that result in discharge from the ED and do not result in admission to the same hospital) for pregnant women aged 12-55 years using weighted estimates from the 2019 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). The distribution of ED visits and aggregate ED costs by primary expected payer is presented overall as well as by patient age group and race and ethnicity. Corresponding statistics for ED visits for nonpregnant women aged 12-55 years are provided for comparison.

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