Eleven Percent of Hospitalizations in
May Have Been Prevented (2004-2008)
The preventable hospitalizations described in the report, Preventable Hospitalizations in Connecticut: A Current Assessment of Community Health Services, identify possible gaps in the primary care health system; disease management by both providers and patients; or access to health services that lead to increased disease severity and hospitalization.
“The report provides a retrospective look into the number of patients that utilized inpatient hospital services to then make assumptions regarding opportunities to improve the health status of our population and lower costs through enhanced primary care infrastructure, disease management programs and increased access to preventive care,” stated Deputy Commissioner Cristine Vogel, M.P.H. “While
In 2008, there were over 47,000 preventable hospitalizations accounting for over 255,000 patient days and nearly $1.2 billion in total charges. Those patients utilized relatively more health care resources within the hospital and after discharge than other patients. Despite the slight decline in overall volume over five years, minorities, uninsured, Medicaid enrollees and working age adults experienced significant increases.
This study of preventable hospitalizations utilized version 4.0 of the Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) tool, which is a national standard developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) clinical experts. The PQI tool consists of a set of measures that can be used with hospital discharge data to identify potentially avoidable hospital admissions that could be effectively treated in the community-based primary care system.
This study updates a 2008 report, which used a previous version of AHRQ’s PQI tool to study 19 conditions. For a complete report, visit www.ct.gov/ohca.
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