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Wexler R, Hefner JL, Sieck C
Connecting emergency department patients to primary care.
The researchers developed and evaluated a system change innovation designed to remove system barriers to primary care access for Medicaid patients. The intervention did not decrease ED visits nor increase primary care use over the 12 months of the study period. The qualitative results provide insight into nonurgent ED utilization by patients with Medicaid, suggesting potential future interventions.
Citation: Wexler R, Hefner JL, Sieck C . Connecting emergency department patients to primary care. J Am Board Fam Med 2015 Nov-Dec;28(6):722-32. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.06.150044.
Keywords: Emergency Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Primary Care, Health Information Technology (HIT), Healthcare Utilization