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Enhancing Primary Care Access After Emergency Department Visits Enhancing Primary Care Access After Emergency Department Visits
Visits to the emergency department (ED) for nonemergent conditions result in unnecessary health costs and overcrowding, and often indicate poor primary care access for those who can least afford to pay for health care.

This issue’s featured Innovations describe a public-private consortium and a partnership between an academic medical center and community-based clinics that reduced nonemergent ED visits and increased access to primary care for Medicaid, uninsured, and underinsured patients, resulting in health care savings.

The featured QualityTools include a series of outreach materials used in a Washington State campaign and a guide for providers aimed at reducing avoidable ED visits.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Care Coordination: Strategies to Reduce Avoidable Emergency Department Use
Developed by MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation; Qualis Health; Safety Net Medical Home Initiative

 ER Is for Emergencies
Developed by Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians; Washington State Hospital Association; Washington State Medical Association

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 BodyWorks—A Toolkit for Healthy Teens and Strong Families
Developed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health