ACA had little effect on ED visits

“Improving healthcare delivery is a continuing effort always in motion. The lack of urgent care availability and the education of the public about using them is a challenge we will address.” Bill Chesnut, MD

ACA had little effect on ED visits, CDC report finds

US News & World Report (2/18, Leonard) reports on its “Data Mine” blog that a government report released Thursday suggests the Affordable Care Act “is still far from achieving” its goal of reducing visits to emergency departments. The report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that in 2014, the percentage of adults visiting the ED “didn’t differ much from the year before, despite the fact that 7.9 million gained coverage between the two years.” The report stated that ED “use overall has not changed significantly after the first full year of ACA implementation.”

AMA News 2.21, 2016.