Preventable Admissions Cost Billions

This is the result of the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Hospital inpatient care is the most expensive type of health care. Reducing preventable hospitalisations is one way to lower America’s 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars medical bill.

According to AHRQ’s review of the 31 billion U.S. dollars spent on potentially preventable hospitalisations:
  • Congestive heart failure and bacterial pneumonia accounted for about half of the expenses, at 8.4 U.S. dollars and 7.2 billion U.S. dollars, respectively.

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma accounted for roughly 16 percent, 4.9 billion U.S. dollars.

  • Diabetes, including complications, accounted for 13 percent, 4.1 billion U.S. dollars.

  • A large portion of the potentially preventable hospitalisations involved the elderly. One in five admissions of Medicare patients was potentially preventable, and overall Medicare patients accounted for roughly two-thirds of the 31 billion U.S. dollars spent for these hospitalisations.

This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data in Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006. The report uses statistics from the 2006 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of hospital inpatient stays that is nationally representative of inpatient stays in all short-term, non-Federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.

MEDICA.de; Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)