Association Between Insurance Status and Admission Rate for Patients Evaluated in the Emergency Department
Academic Emergency Medecine, Vo. 10, No. 11, pp. 1285-1288, 2003
4 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2006
Objectives: To determine if differences exist in hospital and intensive care unit (ICU)/operating room admission rates based on health insurance status. Methods: This was a retrospective, cross-sectional study of data from hospital clinical and financial records for all 2001 emergency department (ED) visits (80,209) to an academic urban hospital. Hospital admission and intensive care unit (ICU)/operating room admissions were analyzed, controlling for triage acuity, primary complaint, diagnosis, diagnosis-related group (DRG) severity, and demographics. Multivariate logistic regression models identified factors associated with hospital admission for underinsured (self-pay and Medicaid) compared with other insured (private health maintenance organization, preferred provider organization, worker's compensation, and Medicare) patients.
Results: Compared with the other insured group, underinsured patients were less likely, overall, to be admitted to the hospital (odds ratio [OR], 0.82; 95% CI
Keywords: admission, hospital, health insurance, intensive care unit, operating room
JEL Classification: I10, I11, I12, I18, I31
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