Hospitalizations for the conditions below are called “potentially preventable,” because if the individual had access to and cooperated with appropriate outpatient healthcare, the hospitalization would likely not have occurred:
- Bacterial Pneumonia;
- Urinary Tract Infection;
- Angina (without procedures);
- Congestive Heart Failure;
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure);
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or Asthma in Older Adults;
- Diabetes Short-term Complications; and
- Diabetes Long-term Complications.
The purpose of this information is to assist in improving health care and reducing health care costs for Texas residents. This information is not an evaluation of hospitals or other health care providers.
The preventable hospitalization conditions were selected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ (www.ahrq.gov) is the lead federal agency responsible for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety.
The data comes from the Texas Health Care Information Collection in the Center for Health Statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services (www.dshs.state.tx.us/thcic).