Rates of Emergency Department Use for Ambulatory Sensitive Conditions in the Los Angeles Healthy Kids Program

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Rates of Emergency Department Use for Ambulatory Sensitive Conditions in the Los Angeles Healthy Kids Program

Abstract

This brief examines rates of ED visits associated with ACSC diagnoses in the first few years of Healthy Kids (2005-06). Low rates of ED use for ACSC suggest that high use is not a major problem among program enrollees. The rate of ACSCs as a proportion of ED visits also did not decline over the study period, suggesting that while the Healthy Kids evaluation shows an impact upon perceived access to care and affiliation with a primary care provider, the expansion may not have a significant impact upon relatively rare events, such as pediatric hospital stays and ED visits.

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