From 2000 to 2012, the rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations among adults decreased by 19%, according to a new analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Some of that decrease could be part of an overall trend in fewer hospital inpatient admissions. The decline was more prevalent for acute conditions [25%] than from chronic ones [14%].
However, outpatient emergency department use grew by 11% over the same period, rising from an ED visit rate of 235.0 per 10,000 population in 2008 to 261.8 rate in 2012.
Source: Fingar KR and others. Trends in potentially preventable inpatient hospital admissions and emergency department visits. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, no. 195, Nov. 2105. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb195-Potentially-Preventable-Hospitalizations.pdf
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