DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Office of Health Care Access
Phone (860) 418-7001
Fax (860) 418-7053
Contact: William Gerrish
Phone: (860) 509-7270
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2009
OFFICE OF HEALTH CARE ACCESS RELEASES 2007 PREVENTABLE HOSPITALIZATIONS COSTS AND
The top four contributors to the total cost to the system from preventable hospitalizations were congestive heart failure ($117.6 million), bacterial pneumonia ($99.6 million), low birth weight ($80.9 million), and diabetes with long-term complications ($41.5 million). Sixty percent of the cost of preventable hospitalizations was associated with treatments for chronic adult diseases, and thirty-nine percent was associated with the treatment of acute adult conditions. DPH’s Preventable Hospitalizations and Associated Costs in Connecticut, 2007 reveals that over one-third of the associated total hospitalization cost was for the treatment of residents of New Haven County, and twenty-six percent and twenty-three percent were for residents of Hartford and Fairfield Counties, respectively. These three counties also had the highest preventable hospitalizations admissions rates in the state.
“This report further highlights the chronic and acute health care conditions and geographical locations to target preventive care interventions for improvements in the health status of Connecticut residents and the biggest potential savings,” according to DPH’s Deputy Commissioner Cristine Vogel, M.P.H. “Addressing access to preventive care and reducing the cost of preventable hospitalizations are some of the health care challenges local and state authorities and health care providers face.”
In this study of preventable hospitalizations, DPH utilized the new Quality Indicators Mapping Tool (QIMT), developed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality clinical experts. The QIMT allows the agency to map admission rates for prevention quality indicators (PQI) measures for acute and chronic conditions that could have been effectively treated in the community-based primary care system. It also calculates potential cost savings from reducing these admission rates through effective resource allocation. Among the 19 conditions that DPH studied are pneumonia, congestive heart failure, adult and pediatric asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes-related conditions and low birth weight babies.
A companion data book, Preventable Hospitalizations in
For a complete report, visit OHCA’s web site www.ct.gov/ohca