The decrease in the number of potentially preventable hospital admissions from 2005 to 2010 saved nearly $1 billion in hospital costs, according to a Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project statistical brief , writes Becker’s Clinical Quality & Infection Control. The brief, “Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospital Admissions among Adults and Children, 2005-2010,” examines data from the HCUP 2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Prevention Quality Indicators. PQI rates and hospital inpatient discharge data can identify hospital admissions that could potentially be avoided with outpatient and preventive care.
Analysis of HCUP data shows potential savings related to reduction in preventable hospital readmissions
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