The Relationship Between the Use of a Worksite Medical Home and ED Visits or Hospitalizations

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Worksite medical homes may be a good model for improving employee health. The aim of this study was to compare the likelihood of being seen in the emergency department (ED) or being hospitalized by level of use (no use, occasional use, or primary care) of a worksite medical home, overall and by type of user (employee, adult dependent, or pediatric dependent). This was a retrospective analysis of claims data, using covariate-adjusted logistic regression models for ED visits and inpatient hospitalizations. Secondary data for the years 2006 to 2008 from a company that offers an on-site health care center (HCC) were used. Analyses were based on a data set that combines health plan claims and human resources demographic data. Overall, people who did not use the HCC were more likely to be seen in the ED (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 1.20, 95% confidence interval or CI [1.06, 1.37], P =.005) or to be hospitalized (adjusted OR = 1.58; 95% CI [1.34, 1.86]; P <.0001) compared with those who used the HCC for primary care. Both ED visits and hospitalizations for employees and dependents in this study were lower among those who used the worksite medical home for primary care. Worksite medical homes can improve chronic disease management and thus reduce ED visits and hospitalizations. These findings contribute to growing evidence that worksite medical homes are potentially cost-effective.

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Cited Authors

  • Stroo, M; Conover, C; Adcock, G; Myneni, R; Olaleye, D; Østbye, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-7243

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0046-9580

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0046958015609608

Citation Source

  • Scopus