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AHRQ News and Numbers finds up to four million hospital admissions potentially avoidable

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The latest AHRQ News and Numbers, released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,  finds one in 10 of the nearly 40 million hospitalizations in 2008 were potentially avoidable.  Admissions were for conditions such as diabetes, dehydration, and certain heart conditions and infections for which hospitalization can be avoided if treated with appropriate outpatient care.  This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute and Chronic Conditions, 2008. The report uses data from the 2008 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays in all short-term, non-Federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.

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