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2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 15_2_4.1
All emergency department visits for congestive heart failurea per 100,000 population (including inpatient admissions),b age 18 and over, United States, 2008
Population groupRateSE
Total 379.910.2
65 and over1,765.849.0
  85 and over4,200.0128.7
Median income of patient's ZIP CodeFirst quartile (lowest income)513.223.2
Second quartile391.915.5
Third quartile320.913.8
Fourth quartile (highest income)307.518.2
Location of patient residenceLarge central metropolitan352.425.5
Large fringe metropolitan378.326.3
Medium metropolitan390.429.1
Small metropolitan384.940.4
Location of inpatient treatmentNortheast380.728.1

a. Consistent with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) software, congestive heart failure must be the principal diagnosis and exclusions include the following: admissions with cardiac procedures and transfers from other institutions.

b. Rates are adjusted by age and gender using the total U.S. population for 2000 as the U.S. standard population; when reporting is by age, the adjustment is by gender only; when reporting is by gender, the adjustment is by age only.

Key: Standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample and Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, 2008, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, modified version 4.1.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T15_2_4_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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