Evaluating Primary Care Same Day Access as a Method to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations Related to Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
Current evidence in support of measures to reduce hospital admissions associated with Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSC) is extensive and represents decades of global research. My study improves this by examining primary care access from the perspective of same day care. This aggregate analysis emphasizes the importance of primary care access as the primary intervention to reduce avoidable ACSC admissions. This study expands on existing research by being the first to examine the relation-ship between same day accesses with their provider and ACSC admissions through a cross-sectional analysis of 140 Veteran A airs hospitals during fiscal year 2017. The secondary purpose is to evaluate contemporary recommendations on maximizing PC access to develop a comprehensive tool-kit for VHA administrators to reduce ACSC admissions, decrease costs and improve quality of care. The results and evidence presented in this article indicate a significant inverse relationship exists between same day access and ACSC admissions.