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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Hospital admissions for congestive heart failure (CHF)

Measure Source

Healthy People 2010, measure 12-6 (modified age group).

National Table

1.50a Hospitalizations for congestive heart failure per 1,000 population, United States, 2002.

National Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS).

National Denominator

U.S. civilian population.

National Numerator

Number of discharges with a principal diagnosis of congestive heart failure (ICD-9-CM code 428.0).

State Table

1.50b Admissions for congestive heart failure (excluding patients with cardiac procedures, obstetric and neonatal conditions, and transfers from other institutions) per 100,000 population, age 18 years and older, by State, 2001 and 2002.

State Data Source and Comparative National Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), Nationwide Inpatient Sample and State Inpatient Databases.

State Denominator and Comparative National Denominator

U.S. population age 18 and over.

State Numerator and Comparative National Numerator

Number of hospital discharges with a principal diagnosis of congestive heart failure, excluding patients with cardiac procedures, obstetric and neonatal conditions, and transfers from other institutions.


The rate in the national table is age-adjusted. Race classification changed in 2000. Data for 2000 and later years may not be comparable to data from previous years.

Rates in the State table are adjusted by age and gender, using the total U.S. population for 2000 as the standard population. Although not all States participate in the HCUP database, the Nationwide Inpatient Sample is weighted to give national estimates using weights based on all U.S. community, non-rehabilitation hospitals in the American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals. The State table with its comparative national estimate was created using version 2.1, revision 3, of the AHRQ PQI software. This measure is referred to as indicator 8 in the AHRQ PQI software documentation. More information about the AHRQ Quality Indicators is available at

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Pediatric heart surgery mortality rate (number of deaths per 1,000 heart surgeries in patients under age 18 years). Percent of people with hypertension who have blood pressure under control.



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