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HERC Health Economics Seminar

Association of Follow-Up After an Emergency Department Visit for Mental Illness with Utilization Based Outcomes

by Kimberly Geissler, PhD
Seminar date: 1/15/2020

Description: We examined whether timely follow-up care after an ED visit for mental illness was associated with costs or future hospital use in the subsequent six month period. We find that follow-up care after an ED visit for mental illness is associated with increased costs, increased hospitalizations, and small changes in ED use. Overall rates of follow-up are low and may potentially be associated with increased costs and inpatient stays, suggesting increased connection to the healthcare system. Future research should determine whether this is due to an increase in necessary care. Target Audience Researchers, clinicians and policy makers interested in health economics and health services.

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