Hospitals have more than twice the ER visits of other health care systems in Colorado, according to data compiled by The Coloradoan, citing data from the state’s Medicaid agency.
The Colorado Department of Health and Environment released the data Wednesday.
Hospitals that are at least 100 beds in capacity, which is a standard measure of how many patients are on an active medical leave, have more ER visits than all other health-care systems combined, the data showed.
A Colorado health-system spokesman said that data was compiled through a proprietary system.
Hospice care is also a big part of the data, with some providers providing the most ER visits for some of the health-providers with the lowest numbers.
In addition, hospitals have the highest ER visits, at 1.7 per 1,000 residents.
The data comes after the governor signed a law requiring health- care providers to report ER visits to the state.
That law, which took effect in July, is aimed at making the system more efficient and more responsive to the needs of patients.
“Hospitals and health care workers in Colorado have long been the focus of national attention, as they have been the source of significant suffering and suffering in communities and in families,” Gov.
John Hickenlooper said in a statement announcing the law.
“We are proud to have one of the best and most efficient systems of healthcare in the country.
We are committed to ensuring that it continues to deliver high quality, safe, and efficient care to our patients, staff, and providers.”
The data is based on the Colorado Health Care Association, a nonprofit association of more than 200 health-service providers.
Hospices have the third-highest ER visits among all other types of health-related facilities, according the data.
Hospital ER visits have increased for the past several years, according and a report released in October by the Colorado Department the same year said that hospital ER visits had more than doubled between 2000 and 2016.
The report noted that there were also more ER patients than there were beds in hospitals in the past decade.
The state also reported an increase in the number of residents being admitted to hospitals due to acute medical conditions.