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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Closing the gap: Decreasing health care disparities among Hispanics in the emergency room
by Huffington, Hector, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 47; 1527383
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project is to identify the factors that impact Emergency Department (ED) readmission rates among Hispanic or Latino populations. This is a worthwhile study because the recent increase of Medicare/Medicaid Hispanic or Latino patients seeking medical care in the ED has affected the patient, policy makers, payers, and providers in healthcare. The 2009 NHAMCS secondary data and Hispanic or Latino published literature was used. The results indicated that Hispanics or Latinos with Medicare or Medicaid/SCHIP had a higher readmission rate and frequency of use than other pay types. The conclusion is that the typical ED may not be prepared with procedures that will effectively reduce readmissions rates among the newly insured increasing Hispanic or Latino population. Equal quality care in the ED must be available to Hispanic or Latinos in order to diminish health disparities and promote a healthier Hispanic or Latino population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
Commitee: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Care Administration
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American Studies, Public policy, Hispanic American studies, Health care management
Keywords: Health care disparities, Hispanic substandard care
Publication Number: 1527383
ISBN: 978-1-303-76658-9
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