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New HCUP Statistical Brief: Characteristics and Costs of Potentially Preventable Inpatient Stays, 2017

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) has posted a new statistical brief on the following: Characteristics and Costs of Potentially Preventable Inpatient Stays, 2017. Highlights from the brief include:

  • In 2017, 3.5 million potentially preventable adult inpatient stays accounted for $33.7 billion in aggregate hospital costs. These stays represented 12.9 percent of all nonobstetric stays and 8.9 percent of costs for all nonobstetric stays.
  • Of the 1,358,900 nonobstetric pediatric stays in 2017, 108,300 (8.0 percent) were potentially preventable. These preventable stays cost $561.6 million, or 2.8 percent of the $20.0 billion in aggregate hospital costs for all pediatric stays.
  • The most common and most expensive reason for potentially preventable stays was heart failure for adults (1,112,600 stays and $11.2 billion in aggregate hospital costs) and asthma for children (53,900 stays and $278.1 million in aggregate costs).
  • In 2017, the rate of potentially preventable adult stays increased with age and decreased with community-level income.
  • Potentially preventable stays with a primary expected payer of Medicare accounted for 65.4 percent of potentially preventable adult stays and 65.9 percent of hospital costs associated with these stays.

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