-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The Mountain states
region of the United States had the lowest average rate of
potentially avoidable hospitalization for heart failure in 2006,
according to a U.S. government report released Wednesday.
The rate in this region, which includes Montana, Wyoming, Idaho,
Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, was 266 admissions
per 100,000 people.
Potentially avoidable hospitalizations are admissions for care
of chronic illnesses that could be prevented if patients had good
quality outpatient care. Patients who receive poor quality
outpatient care are at increased risk for complications that
require hospitalization, explained the authors of the latest
News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
The next lowest rate of potentially avoidable hospital
admissions for heart failure was in the Pacific states (California,
Oregon, Washington and Alaska), at 316.5 admissions per 100,000,
according to the report. The other lowest rates were:
The report said the highest rates were in:
The report is based on data in the AHRQ State Snapshots, which
provides state-specific health care quality information.
The American Heart Association has more about
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