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Findings from new OSHPD report show preventable hospitalization admissions decline

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A report released by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) identifies hospitalization rates by county for conditions generally considered preventable with good primary care.  The report – “Preventable Hospitalizations in California: Statewide & County Trends 1999-2008” provides state and county level hospital admission rates for 14 health conditions. These are conditions for which quality outpatient care or early intervention can potentially prevent the need for hospitalization or complications leading to a more severe illness.

Findings from the report show:
• Preventable hospitalizations for ten conditions, including most notably hospitalizations for chest pain, dropped by more than 60 percent, while pediatric gastroenteritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) declined by more than 40 percent from 1999 to 2008.
• Statewide rate of hospitalizations for hypertension has increased by more than 36% from 1999 to 2008 with most of that increase taking place in the last two years of the analysis.
• Pediatric asthma hospitalization rates in Alameda County are nearly 2.5 times greater than the statewide rate, while hypertension hospitalization rates for the South Service Planning Area (SPA 6) of Los Angeles County are almost 3.3 times greater than the statewide rate.

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