Preventable Hospitalizations Vary Widely by Region, AHRQ Analysis Finds
Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States declined 14 percent from 2005 to 2011, but rates varied widely by geographic region, according to a new statistical brief from AHRQ. Potentially preventable hospitalizations are admissions for certain acute illnesses or worsening chronic conditions that may have been avoided with higher-quality outpatient treatment and disease management. Data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project showed that rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in 2011 were lowest in the West (at 1,220 discharges per 100,000 population) and highest in the South (at 1,845 discharges per 100,000). Hospitals in the South had a 17.2 percent higher rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations than the overall national rate in 2005, but by 2011 it was reduced to 10.5 percent higher than the national rate. The new statistical brief, “Geographic Variation in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute and Chronic Conditions, 2005–2011,” is authored by Celeste M. Torio, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Roxanne M. Andrews, Ph.D., of AHRQ.
Celeste M. Torio, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Roxanne M. Andrews, Ph.D.