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Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Lowest in Mountain States

AHRQ News and Numbers, August 18, 2010

AHRQ News and Numbers provides statistical highlights on the use and cost of health services and health insurance in the United States.

The Mountain States region of the United States reported the lowest average rate of potentially avoidable hospitalizations for heart failure in the Nation in 2006, at just 266 admissions per 100,000 population, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The States included in this region are Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

The Federal agency's analysis of regional potentially avoidable heart failure hospitalization rates found that the following regions had the next lowest rates:

  • Pacific States (California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska) had the second-lowest average rate, at 316.5 admissions per 100,000 population.
  • West North Central (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, and Kansas)—362 per 100,000.
  • New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine)—364 per 100,000.

The regions with the highest rates were:

  • East South Central region (Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky) with a rate of 583 admissions per 100,000 population.
  • East North Central region (Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio), 502 admissions per 100,000 population.
  • West South Central (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana) 496 admissions per 100,000 population.
  • Southeast (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware), 460 admissions per 100,00 population.
  • Mid-Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania), 430 admissions per 100,000 population.

Potentially avoidable hospitalizations are admissions for inpatient care of chronic illnesses that could be averted if the patients had good quality outpatient care. Without such care, the risk of complications requiring hospitalization is greater.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on information in the AHRQ State Snapshots, which provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their States.

For other information, or to speak with an AHRQ data expert, please contact Bob Isquith at or call (301) 427-1539.

Current as of August 2010
Internet Citation: Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Lowest in Mountain States: AHRQ News and Numbers, August 18, 2010. August 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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