Top 10 VA hospitals with the most ER visits
There are 17.4 million veterans in the U.S., and more than 9 million are enrolled in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care program. VA hospitals are an essential part of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), as they help veterans access medical care, pharmacy services, mental health treatment and more.
See which of these Veterans Affairs medical centers ranks highest for estimated number of ER visits below.
VA hospitals with the most ER visits
|Rank||Hospital name||State||Est # of ER visits||Explore dataset|
|1||Olin E Teague Veterans Medical Center||TX||62,678||Explore|
|2||West Los Angeles VA Medical Center||CA||44,472||Explore|
|3||Dallas VA Medical Center||TX||35,799||Explore|
|4||Audie L Murphy VA Hospital||TX||34,284||Explore|
|5||Palo Alto VA Medical Center||CA||33,057||Explore|
|6||San Diego VA Medical Center||CA||31,646||Explore|
|7||Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital||IL||30,600||Explore|
|8||Baltimore VA Medical Center||MD||29,743||Explore|
|9||Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center||IN||28,889||Explore|
|10||Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center||FL||28,783||Explore|
Which VA hospital has the greatest number of ER visits?&
Olin E Teague Veterans Medical Center has the most ER visits with 62,678, followed by West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, with 44,472 and Dallas VA Medical Center, with 35,799.
Collectively, the top 10 VA hospitals have an estimated 359,951 ER visits, with an average of 35,995.
Many of the hospitals on the list are in states with large numbers of veterans: Texas, California, Illinois and Florida. According to Definitive Healthcare data, Texas alone accounts for 37% of the ER visits across the top 10 VA hospitals, while California accounts for 30%. It makes sense that these hospitals made the top 10 since the hospitals in these states have more people in need of their services.
What is a VA hospital?
A VA hospital is a medical center that provides healthcare services to war veterans and other retired military personnel. VA hospitals offer a wide variety of services that are mindful of veterans’ life experiences, such as physical therapy, surgery and psychological services. Many healthcare providers work within the VAMCs, including physicians, nurses, psychologists, dentists and patient advocates.
Will the VA pay for ER visits?
VA emergency care may pay the cost of ER visits for covered veterans. Veterans, or someone acting on their behalf, should report the emergency event within 72 hours to the VA Centralized Emergency Care Reporting Center.
What is the estimated number of ER visits?
The estimated number of ER visits is a metric that represents the number of trips to the emergency room (ER). Definitive Healthcare calculates this number according to Medicare Claim volumes from:
- Hospitals’ patient demographics
- The Medicare Standard Analytic File (SAF)
- Estimated payor mix at Principal Diagnosis level
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