Utilization Report-May 2019

Overview & Observations

In recent monthly summaries, we focused on the impact of the termination of Providence Hospital acute care services and decreased Emergency Department (ED) operations since December 2018. In addition to the previously noted shift in ED visits to other hospitals after the Providence closure, a general increase in ED visits per day was also noted across the majority of hospitals beginning in March 2019. These patterns are more pronounced when examining ED visits as a rate per day rather than by straight count per month. The table below summarizes the most recent 12 months of Emergency Department data with a color metric to highlight that the volume of daily admissions for most D.C. hospitals was highest in the spring months of 2019.

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