Table 13_2_1-1

2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 13_2_1.1
Emergency department (ED) visits in which patient was admitted to the hospital or transferred to another facility whose ED visit was 6 hours or more,a United States, 2007-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)PercentSE
Total 10,71235,32129.41.2
65 and over4,03514,16627.71.4
RacebWhite only7,85327,04027.71.4
Black only2,2867,09036.32.3
Asian only35570831.74.0
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU
Payment source,c under age 65Private2,5849,04128.81.5
Payment source,c age 65 and overMedicare and private1,6815,89525.41.8
Medicare and Medicaid4891,45325.92.9
Medicare only1,6665,94630.41.9
Location of hospitalMetropolitan9,48130,30631.71.3

a Based on NHAMCS "visit disposition" data, where disposition includes admission to a hospital, intensive care unit, or critical care unit, or transfer to another facility. Length of visit is defined as time from arrival to time of discharge from emergency department.

b Race data were missing for 15.5% of total visits. Missing race data were imputed. Standard errors for estimates by race were inflated as described in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation,"

c Payment source classified by all expected payment sources. Public insurance includes Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance program. No insurance is defined as having only "self-pay" or "no charge/charity" as payment sources.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 13_2_1-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.