The ACA may reduce ER visits (slightly) but doesn’t affect hospitalizations

12 marzo 2015

Two patient groups created by the Affordable Care Act — Medicare patients enrolled in federally designated patient-centered medical homes and people under age 26 who are allowed to remain on their parents’ health insurance — had slightly fewer emergency department visits than they had before health care reform. However, there was no change in the rate of the most expensive types of emergency visits: those that lead to hospitalization, research shows.