Percentage of patients that checked into the Emergency Department but left before they were seen by a healthcare provider

Why is this measure important?

Patients who check into the emergency department for treatment sometimes decide to leave before they are seen by a healthcare provider.
 
Patients who leave the emergency department before they are seen by a healthcare provider may be seriously ill or injured. Leaving without treatment may increase the risk for negative health outcomes.

What does this measure show?

This measure shows the percentage (%) of patients who checked into the Emergency Department but left before they were seen by a healthcare provider.

For this measure, a lower percentage is better. 
 
 
Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 3
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 0.03 3 3
Source:Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, www.cms.gov
CMS_683_ED left before seen