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AHRQ Stats: Potentially Preventable Hospital Stays for Adults

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As many as 3.5 million hospital stays among adults in 2017 were considered potentially preventable, costing nearly $34 billion. The preventable stays represented nearly 13 percent of all hospital stays (excluding obstetrics) and almost 9 percent of all costs, according to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief.

This HCUP Statistical Brief presents weighted national estimates of potentially preventable inpatient stays using the State Inpatient Databases (SID) from 36 States. Potentially preventable stays were defined using the AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) and Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs). The PQIs and area-level PDIs were developed to identify hospitalizations for ACSCs.

This Statistical Brief presents statistics on potentially preventable inpatient stays separately for adults and children. Obstetric stays and neonatal stays are excluded. The total number of adult and pediatric potentially preventable stays and associated aggregate costs are presented for chronic and acute conditions. For adults, age-sex-adjusted rates are presented by patient characteristics and hospital census region for all conditions, chronic conditions only, and acute conditions only. The number of inpatient stays, aggregate costs, and mean cost per stay are presented for each condition category as well as for individual conditions. Additionally, volume and cost statistics are presented by primary expected payer. For children, age-sex-adjusted rates, as well as volume and cost statistics for four individual pediatric conditions are provided.

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