Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations

Reducing healthcare costs for Texans and increasing our capacity to live healthier lives 

The purpose of the Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations (PPH) Program is to assist in improving health care and reducing health care costs in Texas. Since its creation as the Adult Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations Initiative in 2008, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has educated communities and policymakers on the impact of the following conditions:

  • Bacterial Pneumonia; 
  • Dehydration; 
  • Urinary Tract Infection; 
  • Angina (without procedures); 
  • Congestive Heart Failure; 
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure); 
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma in Older Adults; 
  • Diabetes Short-term Complications; and 
  • Diabetes Long-term Complications.

    Hospitalizations for these conditions are considered “potentially preventable,” because they may have been avoided with higher-quality outpatient treatment and disease management.  If the individual had access to and cooperated with appropriate outpatient healthcare, the hospitalization would likely not have occurred. 

    PPHs are also referred to as Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, Prevention Quality Indicators, and/or Potentially Preventable Admissions/Events.  Methodology to identify PPHs comes from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  AHRQ is the lead federal agency responsible for research on healthcare quality costs, outcomes and patient safety. Learn more at www.ahrq.gov.

    Located in the Chronic Disease Branch of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section within the Division of Disease Prevention and Control, the PPH Program strives to achieve the DSHS goal to “Improve health through prevention and population health strategies.” 

    The source of the data appearing on the PPH Program webpages comes from the Texas Health Care Information Collection in the Center for Health Statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services (www.dshs.texas.gov/thcic).  The hospitalizations are geographically identified by the residence of the patient—not the location where they were hospitalized.

    Data and other information provided on the PPH Program webpages is not an evaluation of hospitals or other health care providers.

Last updated January 11, 2017