Population health analytics vendor Healthentic, serving nearly 11,000 employers and holding data on 38.7 million individuals, recently analyzed the degree of avoidable emergency room utilization by employees at 31 client companies, with sobering results.

Based on 2013 data, the 31 companies paid $1,326,523 for potentially avoidable visits to the ER. Ten percent of visits were for ailments that could have been treated in an outpatient setting. The top avoidable ER visits were headache, back pain, urinary tract infection, sore throat, acute upper respiratory infection, ear ache, acute bronchitis, pink eye and sciatica.

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