Outpatient Emergency Department Throughput

Outpatient ED Throughput Measures reflect patient satisfaction and a global view of ED performance.   Due to the high volume in CAH ED’s this is a prime measure for value based care.

ED THROUGHPUT MEASURESReport throughReporting FrequencyReporting AssistanceTraining/Instructions
OP-18 Median time from ED Arrival to ED departure for discharged ED patients.
OP-20 Door to diagnostic evaluation by a qualified medical professional
CART to QualityNetQuarterly1Q 17- 4Q 17 ED Throughput Paper Abstraction Tool
ED Throughput Specs Manual v10.0a
ICD-10 Codes
QualityNet Training Site
OP-22Direct to QualityNetAnnuallyReporting Web Based Measures


ED Throughput Sampling:

0-900 Population per Quarter

  • 63 – Quarterly Sample Size
  • 21 – Monthly Sample Size

901 + Population per Quarter

  • 96 – Quarterly Sample Size
  • 32 – Monthly Sample Size


Abstraction & Improvement

Outpatient ED Throughput Measures Abstraction Training

Outpatient ED Throughput Specifications Manual (2017 Cases) (OP 18 & 20)

Patient Left Without Being Seen Specifications Manual (OP-22)

1Q 17- 4Q 17 ED Throughput Paper Abstraction Tool

MT Performance (most recent quarter)

MBQIP 2 Outcomes ED Throughput Project Results and Tools

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing ED Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals

Emergency Severity Index (ESI): A Triage Tool for ED Care