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Preventable Hospitalizations and Prevention Quality Indicators

Center for Health Statistics
Texas Health Care Information Collection

This report offers insight into a critical area of health care quality—hospitalizations that may be preventable with adequate preventive care. These hospital admissions for conditions often referred to as ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs), can potentially be reduced with the timely and effective use of primary care. This report analyzes the 2016 Texas Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data for ACSCs and presents information that focuses on assessing the effectiveness of this care.

Hospitalizations may be prevented when clinicians diagnose, educate and treat patients in a timely and effective manner in outpatient settings, and when patients actively participate in their care and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. Higher rates of possibly preventable hospitalizations may identify areas where improvements can potentially be made in the quality of the health care system.

Important Note: Starting 2015, a significant change in coding systems occurred. Federal requirements necessitated the change in coding systems, from the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). The change occurred on October 1, 2015. The change will make the data difficult to utilize and compare between 2016 data and between QI reports from previous years. 2016 measures are not risk-adjusted due to this being the first year of data using the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes.

Adult population (age 18 and older)

  1. Perforated Appendix (PQI02)
  2. Uncontrolled Diabetes (PQI14)
  3. Lower-Extremity Amputation Among Patients With Diabetes (PQI16)

Pediatric population (under age 18)

  1. Low Birth Weight (PDI09)
  2. Pediatric Asthma (PDI14)
  3. Pediatric Diabetes Short-Term Complications (PDI15)
  4. Pediatric Gastroenteritis (PDI16)
  5. Pediatric Perforated Appendix (PDI17)
  6. Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection (PDI18)

Preventable Hospitalizations 2014
Preventable Hospitalizations 2013

Preventative Quality Care Indicators

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Last updated January 6, 2021