As we progress to a significantly revised health care system in America, emergency physicians must be facile in their knowledge of ED performance measures and be prepared to explain the value of emergency care to the health system. This column will explain the data elements available for emergency physicians to develop the reports on high-quality and cost-efficient care provided in EDs.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 33 – No 03 – March 2014
James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP, is director of clinical operations at EMP in Canton, Ohio; clinical associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; vice president of the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance; and on the ACEP Board of Directors.
- The Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance. Information is available at: www.EDBenchmarking.org
- The calendar year 2010 Emergency Department Summary Tables are available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/nhamcs_emergency/2010_ed_web_tables.pdf. The CDC data tables are now published without an analysis. It is important to archive the 2007 report for use as a reference when looking at the data tables in later years. It is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr026.pdf.