The NYU Algorithm provides a methodology to classify ED visits into a several categories based on whether the underlying condition truly requires emergency care and, if so, whether the emergent condition was potentially preventable had timely and effective ambulatory care been received.
The trend chart below show that while the overall increase in the rate of preventable ED visits has been fairly mild, there has been a more dramatic increase for the urban population, particularly since 2012. The urban rate has grown quickly to more than double the rural and suburban rates which have been stable.
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