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
  2007-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)PercentSE
Total 10,71235,32129.41.2
Age0-178052,73325.32.5
18-442,8468,27830.41.6
45-643,02610,14432.01.6
65 and over4,03514,16627.71.4
RacebWhite only7,85327,04027.71.4
Black only2,2867,09036.32.3
Asian only35570831.74.0
NHOPIDSUDSUDSUDSU
AI/AN onlyDSUDSUDSUDSU
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU
GenderMale5,09016,89228.41.3
Female5,62218,42930.31.4
Payment source,c under age 65Private2,5849,04128.81.5
Public2,6077,03333.31.8
Uninsured7882,59128.02.5
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
Nonmetropolitan1,2315,01515.22.4

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," ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Dataset_Documentation/NAMCS/doc07.pdf.

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 February 2011
Internet Citation: Table 13_2_1-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr10/13_timeliness/T13_2_1-1.html