Between 1995 and 2010, annual emergency room visits in the United States grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent, according to a new infographic from the George Washington University MHA program.
The infographic also looks at the impact of overcrowding on U.S. emergency rooms, including the major causes of congested ERs and the impact on care delivery and proposed solutions to the problem of overcrowding.
Evidence is lacking to support the effectiveness of public policy interventions based on performance measurement, such as public reporting of data and pay for performance. To succeed, emergency clinicians need to understand and practice in alignment with national performance measures.
Quality And Performance Measurement: A Guide For Emergency Physicians reviews the origin and evolution of performance measurement, explains the current landscape of reporting, and discusses projections for future hospital quality measure implementation through 2014.
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