Use and Performance Variations in Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs

Lead researcher:
Project funded:
September 2012
Project completed:
February 2015
This project describes rural usage of rural emergency departments (EDs). It will examine the conditions that are treated in these EDs and describe those that are more and less appropriate for ED use. Rural ED use is described by community characteristics including rural level. The findings provide a baseline from which to measure the future influence of the Accountable Care Act implementation on the usage of rural EDs and the appropriateness and cost efficiency of changes.