Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations declined faster among older adults than among working age adults between 2003 and 2007. Bar chart; percentage change diabetes for age 18 through 64, 6% increase, age 65 and over, 8% decline; chronic respiratory conditions* for age 18 through 64, 5% decrease, age 65 and over 11% decrease; chronic cardiac conditions for age 18 through 64, 8% decrease, age 65 and over, 14% decrease; acute conditions for age 18 through 64, 7% decrease, age 65 and over, 10% decrease. *Due to ICD-9-CM coding changes, the rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations for COPD are not available for 2003. The change in the rates shown here is from 2005 through 2007. Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2004 and 2007.

Figure 2Rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations declined faster among older adults than among working age adults between 2003 and 2007

* Due to ICD-9-CM coding changes, the rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations for COPD are not available for 2003. The change in the rates shown here is from 2005–2007.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2004 and 2007.

From: Potentially Preventable Hospitalization Rates Declined for Older Adults, 20032007

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