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Preventable hospitalizations vary widely by region.

Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in the United States declined 14% from 2005 to 2011, but rates varied widely by geographic region, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQJ. Data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project showed rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations in 2011 were lowest in the West (at 1,220 discharges per 100,000 population) and highest in the South (at 1,845 discharges per 100,000). Hospitals in the South had a 17.2% higher rate of potentially preventable hospitalizations than the overall national rate in 2005, but by 2011 it was reduced to 10.5% higher than the national rate.

For details, see Torio & Andrews. (2014). Geographic variation in potentially preventable hospitalizations for acute and chronic conditions, 2005-2011. HCUP Statistical Brief #178. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Title Annotation:Nursing Economics: DATA BANK
Publication:Nursing Economics
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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