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ER throughput measures may hit urban hospitals unfairly: study
Modern Healthcare

Emergency-department throughput measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum may penalize urban hospitals, according to a study published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Hospitals’ performance on the four measures—median wait times, median lengths of visits for nonadmitted patients, median lengths of visit for admitted patients and rates of patients who left without being seen—vary widely based on factors such as age mix, case mix, teaching-hospital status and hospital location, researchers said.