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PHC4 Releases Research Brief on Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

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According to a research brief released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), approximately 1 in 9 hospitalizations (11.7%) were considered potentially preventable in FY 2019. Statewide there were 153,236 potentially preventable hospital admissions in FY 2019, totaling 711,298 hospital days.

Using a set of Prevention Quality Indicators developed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), PHC4 identified hospital admissions for select conditions that might have been prevented with effective primary or preventive care.

Heart failure was the condition with the highest number of potentially preventable hospitalizations. At 54,676 admissions, heart failure encompassed 35.7% of the potentially preventable hospitalizations in FY 2019. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma in residents age 40 and older was the second highest condition at 28,742 admissions, and pneumonia was third highest at 20,472 admissions. Taken together these three conditions comprise 67.8% of the potentially preventable hospital admissions in FY 2019.

Statewide, there were 150.8 potentially preventable hospitalizations per 10,000 residents. Southeastern PA region had the highest rate at 160.3. The rate for Western PA was 158.0. Central and Northeastern PA region had the lowest rate at 129.4.

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